Homemade squirrel repellent for birdseed

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Homemade squirrel repellent for birdseed
Squirrels find ways into bird feeders. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Full bird feeders are attractive food sources to squirrels. A squirrel's climbing ability and flexibility allow it to access almost any bird feeder in your yard. To keep squirrels away from the bird seed, create a hot-pepper-based repellent at home. The hot pepper repels squirrels, but does not affect birds.

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Things you need

  • Pepper sauce, 1 bottle
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 tsp dishwashing detergent
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Pour a small bottle of hot pepper sauce into a gallon jug of plain water. Add 1 tsp of dish-washing detergent.

  2. 2

    Place the lid back on the water jug and shake it to incorporate all the ingredients. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture.

  3. 3

    Spray the solution onto all surfaces of your bird feeder, including the pole that holds it, the top and outer casing and the perch.

Tips and warnings

  • Set up a separate feeder just for the squirrels. Fill it with cracked corn or peanuts.

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