Yesterday, my friend Melissa sent me a text. Apparently squirrels are making a feast out of her plants that she has out on her stoop. Even in the borough of Brooklyn, these little devils are a nuisance. She was desperate for a remedy to keep her plants from a squirrel’s raid.
And this text inspired today’s Quick Tip Friday.
Here are a few remedies that help:
Remedy #1 – Using a squirt bottle, fill it 3/4 full, then add 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Shake to mix, then squirt the mixture on the leaves of your plants. You’ll need to keep applying the mixture every week or so, and certainly after each rain. You can also substitute hot sauce for cayenne pepper, but it has to be the really, really hot stuff.
Remedy #2 – Sprinkle cayenne pepper around the base perimeter of your outdoor pots. This will get on the pads of their paws and squirrels no-like-y. This does take a little longer to work, and you still may loose a little bit of your plants, but they will get the drift and stop coming. Hopefully.
Remedy #3 – Spread loose dog hair around the dirt of your plants. This will hopefully intimidate the little pests.
Remedy #4 – Do all of the above.
Unless you sit by your plants all day everyday, or you have a family of wild fox guarding your plants, squirrels will always be an issue. But hopefully these remedies will keep them at bay.
Enjoy today’s Quick Tip Friday!