Grass is greener, flowers are blooming, and there are squirrels running everywhere. If the squirrels prefer the inside of your home to the beautiful outdoors, this all natural DIY Squirrel Deterrent could send those critters back where they belong.
Squirrels love my attic. Love it. Every few years a family of squirrels and their squirrel friends find their way into our attic and set up camp. They have homes, an infirmary, a storage facility, and whatever else a squirrel town may need.
Because of their size, we tend to not realize that squirrels are intelligent and persistent critters. You’ll need to outsmart them in order to get rid of them. They often communicate with each other through scent marking, so developing a scent that is a deterrent and is stronger than theirs can be helpful in discouraging them from taking over your terrain.
This year, we’ve taken an extra set of measures to make our attic the most unpleasant place possible that a squirrel family would want to live. And we’re doing it without harming them or putting toxic chemicals in and around our home.
Unless they start paying rent, they had better stay the you-know-what out of my house. So I went online to search squirrel deterrents, and quickly discovered that they immensely dislike certain scents. It turns out that strong, spicy scents are none too pleasing to those feisty little fur balls. Lo and behold, I happened to have almost every one of those scents in my home already so I quickly made this very stinky but all natural DIY Squirrel Deterrent and sent my husband into the attic.
From now on, spraying this in the attic is going to be a regular occurrence. It’s not a guarantee of success, but it sure is a whole lot easier and substantially less expensive than having to hire someone to trap the squirrels and remove them.
All Natural DIY Squirrel Deterrent
It takes about 2 minutes to make this all natural DIY Squirrel Deterrent. All you have to do is fill an empty spray bottle with the following:
8 drops Peppermint essential oil
8 drops Nutmeg essential oil
8 drops Black Pepper essential oil
8 drops Rosemary essential oil
8 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
2 cups Water
Close the bottle. Shake it up. And spray it in the areas where squirrels try to enter your attic. It won’t harm them (or you), but it sure will make the space seem like an unpleasant site for maintaining a little squirrel village. You may wish to spray this once or twice a season for prevention, or more often if you already have a family of squatters.
Take that, squirrels. We’re already at maximum occupancy here. Find another location for your annoying little squirrel village.
By the way, I highly suggest that you wear something to cover your nose and mouth while using the spray, because it the scent is extremely strong. (Let’s just say that it quickly and successfully cleared my husband’s stuffed up sinuses.)
Also note that this is meant for spraying in locations where you don’t spend much time, such as the attic. Though it is natural, this mixture is still quite potent. (If you are looking for a deterrent to use elsewhere, consider a lower ratio of oils and using caution. I’d recommend keeping your pets and children out of the area for a bit so they too are not overwhelmed by the scent.)
Don’t stress if you are missing one of these essential oils, or if you only have 6 drops left of one of the oils. It will do! This all natural DIY Squirrel Deterrent can still be an effective weapon in your chemical-free warfare.
Once those buggers get a whiff of this concoction, they will pack their little squirrel suitcases and run as fast as they can towards another sucker’s attic, or back outdoors where they belong.
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