Unless you have homemade squirrel repellents, your garden will be susceptible to these creatures which can cause havoc on your plants.

Here are simple recipes you can make that should deter the squirrels.

Required Tools and Materials

Here is the list:

  • Saucepan
  • Onions (at least two pieces)
  • Spray bottle
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Paprika (1 tbsp)
  • Cayenne pepper (1 tbsp)
  • Cutting knife
  • Cheesecloth


Pour about ¼ cup of water into the saucepan. Heat it on a stove. Chop the onions into small bits. Chop the jalapeno peppers as well.

Pour both in the heated water. Pour in the tablespoon of paprika. Add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper.

Stir the mix. For this homemade squirrel repellent to work, you must allow the water to boil. Let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Shut down the burner and let the mix cool down. Pour the cooled mixture into the cheesecloth. You can also use a metal strainer instead.

Transfer this liquid into a spray bottle. Replace the top. Spray this on the plants. This should keep the squirrels away. For good measure, sprinkle some of the paprika around the plant’s base.

Perform this spray job weekly. Increase the amount you spray when it’s raining. It’s a good idea to make several of the mixes so you can have plenty in stock.

Other Homemade Squirrel Repellents

You can also combine water, cayenne pepper, and some floor soap.

Prepare a gallon of water. Add six drops of floor soap. Make sure the two are mixed well.

Now add a couple of tablespoons of cayenne pepper to it. Again, you need to stir it well. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle.

Shake the bottle and start spraying the plants.

Ideally, you should spray at least once a week. If there are lots of squirrels though, increase the amount you spray.

Hot Pepper Repellent

For this recipe, you need water, liquid detergent soap, and plenty of hot pepper sauce. Pour the contents of the hot sauce into a pot.

Add a gallon of water. Mix the two ingredients. Continue making this homemade squirrel repellent by adding some liquid detergent.

A teaspoon will be sufficient. Stir it well and put it inside a spray bottle.

Tips and Warnings

You can also use Epsom salt. Add a teaspoon of it to one gallon of water. Mix the ingredients and put them in the bottle. As with the other repellents, it can be used once a week. Increasing the amount sprayed is also recommended during the rainy season.

Food can be a good natural deterrent to squirrels. Scatter some nuts, fruits, and corn in the yard. It will draw in the squirrels and keep your garden safe.

Do not use mothballs as they could be dangerous to the animals. Placing mothballs near bird feeders might harm the birds you’re trying to protect as well.

There are numerous ways to protect your garden without resorting to artificial means.

With these homemade squirrel repellents, your plants are safe and you don’t harm the environment either.