Know The Different Types of Squirrel Repellents

There are many different squirrel repellents available to help you control your squirrel problem in your yard. From sprays to motion-activated sprinklers, there is most likely a product that can work for your situation.


Because there are so many squirrel repellents on the market, you really need to make sure that you read the description for each product so that you purchase the right one. Some repellent sprays are safe to use on your ornamental plants but not recommended to use in your vegetable garden.

You should also make sure that the product is safe for your pets and children if they play in the area you want to apply the repellent.

Another thing you must consider when purchasing a squirrel repellent is to determine how much area you have to cover. The bottle should indicate how much square footage it will treat, so make sure you do the math and purchase it.

Most of us don’t consider that when it rains, it washes away the repellent, so remember to reapply after any precipitation and/or snowfall.

The main ingredient in most squirrel repellents today is capsaicin which is found in cayenne. Many of us have sprinkled cayenne pepper in areas where we wanted to deter squirrels. The problem, as mentioned earlier, is that we don’t bother reapplying and then wonder why the squirrels are back in the area.

Most Repellents Contain Predator Urine

Many of the other products available contain predator urine. This will work well, but again, it must be reapplied to be effective over time.

These squirrel repellents come in liquid form, powder, and granules. There are spray bottles for liquid, shaker bottles for the powders, and granules, plus there are also granule packs available you can hang that from bird feeders or even branches.

You can apply liquids right on your birdseed that squirrels do not like whatsoever but do not affect birds. Birds do not detect spicy ingredients, but squirrels have a great sense of smell and taste, greatly affecting them.

Motion Detected Sprinklers

Some other squirrel repellent methods are motion-detected sprinklers and animal repellers. Both methods are triggered by motion, and some repellers are available with a small solar panel to keep the batteries charged. These are probably effective alternatives but may not work as well as a spray, powder or granules. Again, it’s up to the consumer to decide based on their own particular situation so they don’t waste time and money on something that won’t work.

Safflower Birdseed and Birdseed Mix

This is a good method to deter squirrels from eating all your birdseed. It has a bitter taste that squirrels do not like, but birds will eat. Safflower seed has a high oil content that songbirds desire to attract more birds and fewer squirrels.

DIY Repellents

There are recipes available for homemade squirrel repellents, which anyone can make, and they can save you money in the long run if you have the time to prepare them.

They are mainly made with hot peppers, cayenne pepper, onions, some “spicy” ingredient plus dish soap, or even Murphy’s Oil Soap. When you consider the ingredients present in these recipes, it’s obvious that squirrels are sensitive to odor and taste and avoid any area treated with these mixtures.


Whenever deciding to use any of these methods, it is recommended that you do your research first so that you do not waste money on a product that does not solve or at least helps your situation. Also, make sure that you do not use any harmful methods to the environment or dangerous to animals and especially children or humans in general.

Many of these products have good customer reviews available to read, so you can see what actual consumers are saying and make an informative decision. Visit your neighborhood wild bird store and get advice from an expert if at all possible, and hopefully, there is a product that can help you win the battle against those pesky squirrels in your yard.

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