Control of Raccoons and Squirrels

Squirrels, Raccoons, and the like are sometimes a problem in gardens, flower beds, and around trash containers. Here are a few tips on controlling the pests.

Water your vegetables with a mixture of one-half cup of castor oil in two gallons of water. It not only repels rodents but also enriches the soil.

It is a known fact that raccoons don’t like the taste of salt. Spread Epsom Salt around your garbage cans and garden to repel them. Epsom Salt not only repels raccoons but is also good for your plants and will not harm the rodents.

Sprinkle black pepper in your garden and flower beds. The scent of the pepper is picked up easily by the keen sense of smell that raccoons and squirrels have. Repeat the application after each rain.

Mix red pepper (cayenne pepper) into your bird feeder. Birds can’t taste the pepper but the squirrels can and will leave the seed alone.

Spread a tablespoon of used cat litter around each flower in your flower beds or containers to repel chipmunks and squirrels. DO NOT use this idea in your vegetable garden.

To repel chipmunks and squirrels around young trees, tulip beds, and newly planted bulbs spray a solution of 3 teaspoons pepper sauce, one teaspoon chili powder, one-half teaspoon dish washing liquid, and 2 cups of water into the soil.

Keep your fork

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