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2 Tips on Making a Homemade Squirrel Repellent

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Here are some tips on making homemade squirrel repellent. Squirrels can be infinitely entertaining, but they may be annoying to you and destructive to your lawn and bird feeders.

Tip 1 - Flower Beds

Squirrels like to dig and to hide nuts, flower bulbs and anything else they can plunder from your yard, or from your neighbors. In the process of digging, they will destroy the flower beds you just planted. Scatter moth balls around the flower beds as squirrels don't like the smell of them. Don't use this tip if you have pets as they can be lethal to a cat or dog. Children shouldn't be in the area either.

Tip 2 - Bird Feeders

Squirrels not only will empty a bird feeder in a short period of time, they will also chew on it and ruin it. There are a couple of things you can do to stop this. Mix red pepper powder or flakes with your bird food. The squirrels don't like it and the birds don't seem to notice it. Another tip is to use only safflower seed to feed the birds. Squirrels don't like this type of seed. You can also put duct tape, sticky side up, at the base of the feeder.

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