Homemade chipmunk repellent

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Homemade chipmunk repellent
Chipmunks can't stand the taste of hot peppers. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Chipmunks are a member of the squirrel family and are small ground-dwelling rodents, although they can climb trees. Chipmunks can cause a lot of damage to a garden. They dig up flower bulbs, eat fruit and vegetables and chew on flowers and their buds. There is a natural way get chipmunks to stop feasting on your garden. Chipmunks don't like the taste of hot peppers, so a liberal dose of homemade pepper spray can keep the cute, but troublesome, critters at bay.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oil
  • Cheesecloth

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  1. 1

    Bring 1 quart of water to a boil and add 2 tbs. of ground cayenne pepper to the water. Allow the water to cool.

  2. 2

    Drain the fluid through cheesecloth into a spray bottle. Add 2 tbs. oil and shake the mixture well.

  3. 3

    Spray the mixture on anything in your yard chipmunks want to eat. Spray low, reaching foliage and stems accessible to the tiny animals.

  4. 4

    Reapply the spray every two to three weeks or after a rainfall.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash your produce thoroughly before eating.
  • Dried red pepper flakes work as well.
  • Do not apply an oil-based spray in the sun.
  • Will repel deer and some insects as well.
  • Test the spray on a small part of a plant first, wait a day or two. If there is any damage or wilting, do not spray on the rest of the plant.

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