Monday, October 25, 2010

Squirrel Spray

Now we love squirrels as much as the next guy, but this time of year they can become real pests. As you may have noticed, squirrels love pumpkins! We have seen whole pumpkins eaten by these little stinkers! This little guy was caught taking a few bites out of one of our pumpkins about a half hour after we bought it.

Notice the heart shaped bite taken out of this poor little pumpkin.

Nothing upsets a kid like his pumpkin being eaten before he even has a chance to carve it.

We did a little research into this subject and found some things that are supposed to repel squirrels. We mixed up a little concoction and came up with this recipe to spray on pumpkins to help keep the squirrels away.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dish soap
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (we had buffalo sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

Mix ingredients very well. Make sure you don't have clumps of cayenne pepper. It can clog your spray bottle. Now pour into a spray bottle.

Be warned, you may get a real hankering for some hot wings!!

Liberally spray your pumpkins. You will have to reapply after it rains. Make sure you wash your pumpkin well before you or your kids carve the pumpkins! They will be spicy!!
Pin It!


  1. Genius! Now I wonder if this would work for keeping the neighborhood kids away from our pumpkins...

  2. I'm so glad to read this. The squirrels made a huge mess of my pumpkins last year!

  3. Well - I guess my sweetie is right on target when he leaves the pumpkin guts out for the squirrels! I never believed him - that Squirrels love pumpkin seeds and pumpkin.

    And NOW I know what those funny little marks are that we find occasionally on the Pumpkin skin!

  4. I wonder if that would keep the cats out of my garden!

  5. I am with you on the cats. gonna try it!!

  6. Would this work for garden squashes? These little marks look like what my garden squashes looked like!

  7. This would also work great for rabbits! I sprinkled Cayenne pepper on my flowers this year to keep the rabbits from eating them, but next year I am going to try this instead! Thanks for sharing! I will make sure we share this in our upcoming post about chemical-free homes!

  8. This is a great tip... I love that there aren't any toxic chemicals involved! Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree and I can't wait to see what you post tomorrow (-:

  9. I've covered my pumpkins in hairspray and that keeps them away too!