How to Prevent Squirrels From Eating Your Halloween Pumpkins


Decorating and carving pumpkins is a fun part of Halloween. Most carved pumpkins are put outside on the front steps or walkway, but this can be an invitation to the local squirrels to have a snack or two. Keep the squirrels away from your carved pumpkins without harming them; natural remedies can help protect your pumpkins.

How to Prevent Squirrels From Eating Your Halloween Pumpkins
(Victor Holguin/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Chili pepper flakes
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Bitter apple spray
  • Peanuts
  • Seeds
  • Bowl
Step 1

Mix a small amount of chili pepper flakes or hot pepper sauce with petroleum jelly. You can mix it in the palm of your hand. Spread it on the pumpkin, making sure to cover all of the flesh. The flakes won't show on the orange pumpkin.

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Step 2

Spray the bitter apple spray around the pumpkins. You can even spray it on the pumpkin itself. The squirrels do not like the taste and will stay away from the pumpkins.

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Step 3

Set out other food for the squirrels to eat. Nuts and seeds are perfect foods, and can be left in a bowl a good distance from the pumpkins. If the squirrels have an easier and tasty food choice, they will leave the pumpkins alone.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not eat the pumpkin after coating it with different items, or once it has been gnawed on by squirrels.
  • Do not touch your eyes or mouth after touching the hot pepper sauce; wash your hands immediately.


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