Squirrels are cute creatures that many of us love to admire, but unfortunately for gardeners, these hungry rodents will eat up anything within the garden that they recognize to be food and that includes bulbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables among others. Their appetite for bird food also makes them natural enemies of the bird lovers. It is mainly due to these two reasons that there are so many squirrel repellents out there. To effectively utilize one of them before the squirrels actually do the damage, you must act as soon as you notice the first signs of squirrel activity in your garden or near your bird house. Look for signs of digging, small foot prints and of course, the squirrels themselves!
Pepper is the most common ingredient used in almost every squirrel repellent that you will find in the market. The type of pepper used may differ from one product to another however, as some use cayenne, jalapeno and red pepper while others choose white or black pepper. If you have the time, then you can also make one of these at your home because they are not that hard to prepare. The other kind of repellent that you would find are products that chiefly consist of the urine of an animal which is a natural predator to the squirrel in the wild. The smell of the concentrated urine solution acts as a warning beacon and squirrels would naturally start avoiding the area that contains a predator. But keep in mind though; a few users complain that even after they had followed the instructions thoroughly, the product is not working for them. It is suggested that you try a different variety of squirrel repellent if the current ingredients are not scattering the squirrels far enough and well enough.
Just as it would be unrealistic to expect that one strategy will work against different opponents in major football games, it would also be unrealistic to expect results in different cases of squirrel related hazards, if you follow the same strategy. For example, you can easily use a few aluminium collars to protect the tree trunks from squirrels in your backyard or garden, because it stops the little rodents from getting on trees in the first place, but you cannot really put those collars on your smaller plants, shrubs or bushes! For protecting them, you would need to spray the squirrel repellent solution directly onto the vegetation to ensure that the squirrel finds everything on the plant highly inedible.
Apart from protecting the vegetation around your home, you might also want to keep these little menaces off your home itself. The squirrel repellents available in the market can of course be put into use here, but it might not always be ideal to spray a repellent inside the house. To aid in indoor squirrel problems, mothballs can be quite effective. Place them strategically in places which you want the squirrels to particularly stay away from and it might just work. However, if you have birds or small children, then you should be extra careful as mothballs are toxic. Dogs, cats and rabbits usually stay away from the mothballs as they have a highly developed sense of smell, unlike birds. Ammonia can also be used to disperse squirrels from your household if you place ammonia soaked pieces of old clothing near the entries through which the squirrels are getting in.
Before you start to become annoyed at the fact that in spite of using the squirrel repellents, they keep coming back after a short while, you should know that these are not permanent solutions. Squirrel repellents need to be used periodically to keep the rodents out. Also, a rain shower will easily wash away the sprays or predator urine that you might be using to repel them from your home, so reapplication is often a necessity after a rain shower to ensure that the squirrels keep avoiding your garden and house. You should be able to deter them from destroying anything that you are fond of with the help of these strategies and repellents, but you must also not forget that if the area you live in has squirrels, then they will be a part of your life as well, as they are a part of the ecology there.