How to Get Rid of Ground Squirrels Naturally

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Squirrels threaten your garden.
Squirrels threaten your garden. (Image: squirrel image by Tanya McConnell from Fotolia.com)

When squirrels wage war on your personal property, it may be time to take action. While you might not want to kill the tiny creature, there are basic ways to get rid of the pests that are natural. The squirrels will avoid your home after you fence it in or spray it with some nasty natural repellents. It doesn't take much for a squirrel to reevaluate where it spends it days. Keep the squirrels away from your garden and from your porch, which they enjoy munching on, with a few basic tricks.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic fencing
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Dirt
  • Urine
  • Clips or fence hooks
  • Natural repellents

Build a Fence

Measure an area that you want to fence off. You may want to section off your entire yard, or just your garden.

Purchase from a home improvement store plastic fencing, as squirrels can't climb their mesh. Hardware cloth also makes good fencing. Ensure the fence can be buried 12 inches into the ground and pokes out 2 to 3 feet above it.

Dig a very narrow trench where you will put your fence. Set the fencing into the trench. Pack dirt into the trench to secure the fence.

Use fencing clips to connect the fence ends.

Repellents and Odors

Buy natural ground squirrel repellents. The most common brands are usually natural. Check the ingredients to ensure there are no toxins. Repellents usually include black and white pepper, chili peppers and cayenne pepper. Squirrels hate spicy and hot ingredients. You could also create your own concoction of the aforementioned ingredients. Combine equal parts of the ingredients. Spread the repellent thickly around the area you want to protect.

Buy urine of squirrel predators, such as FoxPee, if you prefer that over the spicy ingredients. The squirrels will smell the urine and be scared there is a predator in the area.

Rub a natural cream or gel on objects that you want to protect. Creams and gels are bitter tasting and squirrels will quickly find a new source of food when the deterrent is introduced to their area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carefully read the directions on squirrel repellents before you use them.
  • You may need to reapply the repellents several times before they become effective.

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