Keep squirrels out of your garden with quick and easy DIY repellent the pests ‘hate’

The grey squirrel, which is commonly seen in UK gardens, can damage crops and eat all bird feed left out.

Jordan Foster from Fantastic Pest Control explained: “You can keep squirrels out of gardens with humane methods, including hot peppers.

“Squirrels hate the taste and smell of peppers. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper, hot sauce or chilli powder flakes on the soil to repel squirrels.

“Alternatively, grow hot peppers – they won’t come close to them.” It may also be worth companion planting, planting a shrub or plant which squirrels detest near one they would love.

For those with smaller outdoor areas, the expert recommended making a “DIY repellent” using apple cider vinegar.

Simply combine apple cider vinegar with some peppermint oil or cayenne pepper. According to the pro, the animals will “hate” the scents.

Then, Jordan recommended simply spraying it on plants or wherever squirrels tend to linger in the garden.

The strong smell of both ingredients will be strong enough to deter squirrels completely.

As well as spraying it on plants, it can be placed on hard surfaces such as plant pots, decking and fencing.

Britons could also try using coffee grounds or peppermint as well as planting garlic and onions in the garden.

Squirrels are said to hate all of these scents and will not enter the garden if they are around the perimeter.

The pest expert said: “Daffodils, snowdrops, hyacinths, and marigolds are allium plants that keep squirrels away naturally. Avoid planting tulips and crocuses because they attract the animals.”

Another animal which many may see as a pest in the garden is foxes, which can dig up flowerbeds throughout the year.

Pros at The Expert Gate Company recommended using certain scents to deter foxes who have a superb sense of smell.


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Tips and tricks for keeping garden critters at bay

As she browsed the outdoor aisles of 380 Auction in Murrysville, Plum resident Marilyn Covert lamented the loss of her homegrown tomatoes to a deer.

“They’re terrible,” she said of the deer, as she pushed her cart stacked with gardening supplies. “There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato.”

Covert uses deer repellent to keep her garden safe, but she and other gardeners still are plagued by garden pests attacking during the summer months.

The Sharpsburg Community Garden recently lost 100 crops to a groundhog invasion, and it isn’t the only garden to have suffered losses at the jaws of local wildlife.

Covert says she researched ways to keep critters from getting into her garden — and even found one home remedy that involved using human hair to ward off wildlife.

According to Matt Beacom, manager of 380 Auction, most customers prefer to go a more traditional route when it comes to garden protection: “Lots of people buy marigolds to keep rabbits away.”

Beacom also said lemon balm, which can be used to ward off cats and small insects, is a big-ticket item.

Deer repellent is popular, as many gardeners, including Covert, think it is the most effective way to keep larger animals from eating their produce.

Elizabeth Pesci, owner of the LeFevre Butterfly Garden in Greensburg, said she uses store-bought repellent to defend against deer and other animals.

“There is a serious deer problem in the area,” Pesci said.

She uses many protective measures to defend against wildlife. One is deer repellent, which is nontoxic to plants and humans, and Pesci said it can be made from scratch.

Some people dislike repellent because of the smell, which is reminiscent of rotten eggs, and the necessity to reapply the product to plants after every rainfall.

Deer repellent is available

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