How to Get Rid of Squirrels Quickly with Natural Home Remedies

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The odd squirrel here and there doesn’t pose much of a threat but they can become a bigger problem once they start to invade your house and yard space. Did you know that rodents like squirrels are well known for causing electrical fires in houses? Their sharp teeth can easily gnaw through the wire insulation material. Here are our top suggestions for keeping the squirrels out using natural home remedies.

1. Set up Excluders with One Way Door

If the squirrel problem that you have is in the attic then one suggestion is to set up a one-way door at the hole where the squirrels are entering and exiting from. These doors will let the squirrels leave and prevent them from coming in again. Any other holes you identify in the attic should be covered with material which the squirrels won’t be able to easily gnaw through, such as chicken wire.

2. Repel the Squirrels with Cayenne Pepper

If the squirrels are having an absolute feast with the plants that you grow in the backyard or garden then we suggest trying to repel them with cayenne pepper. You can sprinkle the pepper around the perimeter of the garden bed and also add some to the soil of any potted plants you may have outside.

3. Set Up a Chicken Wire Barrier

Unfortunately, the most fool-proof way to stop the squirrels from damaging your plants is by setting up some sort of physical barrier. Chicken wire is a cost-efficient way of setting one up. We suggest setting up the barrier a few inches deep into the ground to prevent any squirrels from digging underneath it. This method can also be helpful if your yard has squirrels that like to snatch the food from the bird feeder, which make it less likely for birds to come.

4. Deter the Squirrels with Blood Meal

Some gardeners have success keeping squirrels away from the garden by using blood meal, which is commonly used as plant fertilizer. Like the cayenne pepper method, we suggest sprinkling a bit of the powder at least once a week during peak squirrel season. Just be sure that you won’t be over-fertilizing the soil as blood meal is a rich source of nitrogen.