Repelling squirrels with peppermint oil

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Repelling squirrels with peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is a natural squirrel repellent. (squirrel image by Mariusz Blach from

Squirrels can be amusing to watch when they're in your yard but can cause quite a bit of damage if they make their way into attics, crawlspaces and walls within your home. If you want to repel squirrels from getting into a certain area of your home or get rid of squirrels that are already there, a little bit of peppermint oil can often do the trick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Peppermint oil
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil, allowing each ball to become saturated with liquid.

  2. 2

    Place the cotton balls in the corners of attics, wall openings, garages or anywhere you need to repel squirrels.

  3. 3

    Check on the cotton balls every few weeks to make sure they still have a peppermint odour. When the odour fades, discard the old ball and soak another cotton ball in peppermint oil to replace it.

Tips and warnings

  • Dilute peppermint oil with water (10-15 drops per cup of water) to create a spray you can put on the bases of trees and shrubs to repel squirrels.

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