Homemade Squirrel Repellent To Save Your Fall Bulbs

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You would think that with cooler temperatures and the holidays on the way you could put prep your garden for the winter and be done with it right?  Wrong.

Unfortunately, the fall bulbs we plant in September and October are a tempting snack for Squirrels, and your bulbs are in danger of being eaten or relocated by these busy tree climbers. If you see the tell-tale signs of digging in your garden, or notice Squirrels running Hibernation Preparedness Drills around your yard, then it’s time for you to fight back with a simple green deterrent that can save you from constantly replanting your garden beds.

Cooking Up Something Special:

Break out a 2 quart sauce pan, fill it 3/4ths of the way full with water, and get it boiling. Add to the boiling water two chopped cooking onions, one chopped Jalapeno pepper, and one tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper, or Ground Red Pepper from your spice rack. Let the mixture boil for approximately 20 minutes, and let cool.  Strain the chopped peppers and onion out of the pan, and add the left-over liquid to a spray bottle for easy application to the leaves, and ground around your bulbs.  This recipe will provide up to five days of deterrent from squirrels after application.

For added Squirrel deterrence, sprinkle the bare soil around your bulbs with Paprika, and Ground Red Pepper.  The smells of both of these spices irritate a squirrel’s nose, and send him elsewhere in his quest for a quick snack!

Your Thoughts: What “green” ways have you found to keep squirrels out of your garden?

 

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