How to Get Rid of Red Squirrels

Make a homemade repellent to help get rid of red squirrels.
Make a homemade repellent to help get rid of red squirrels. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Red squirrels can be found throughout Canada, the northern United States, the Rocky Mountains and as far south as Northern Virginia on the East Coast. Smaller in size than the familiar gray squirrel, red squirrels feed on nuts, berries, smaller rodents and mammals, seeds and fruits. Although cute in appearance to many people, the red squirrel can quickly become a pest that must be discouraged in order to prevent extensive damage to objects and property. A homemade repellent can help to deter red squirrel damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 quart water
  • Hand-held sprayer

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Remove the top from a hand-held sprayer.

Measure 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and add to the spray container.

Add 1 quart of water to the spray container. Place the lid on the container securely and shake the container to mix the hot sauce and water.

Spray the hot sauce deterrent around the base of trees, feeders, bird houses and other areas where red squirrels are persistent and causing damage.

Repeat the application of hot sauce deterrent every few days and especially following a heavy dew or rain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow the hot sauce spray deterrent to contact eyes, lips or nose as it can cause severe irritation.


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