Squirrels are rodents who belong to the Sciuridae family. They snack on fruits, veggies, and fungus for their survival. Watching these adorable critters running around the garden and playing on the branches seems pleasant until they start messing up in your garden. They are often a source of frustration for many gardeners who grow fruits and veggies. If you happen to grow fruits, squirrels are likely to have frequent visits to enjoy dining. Before they destroy your precious homegrown plants you need to look for an effective solution to ban their entry into your garden.
Thinking about effective repellent, you don’t need to spend too much money on harsh chemicals. Instead, just pop into your kitchen and you’ll find the best natural repellent to deter squirrels away and that’s cinnamon. Cinnamon is a versatile spice available almost at every grocery store. Besides tasty cakes and rolls, it serves to be an effective solution to save your plants from squirrels. Let’s take a look at how cinnamon can be used to get rid of squirrels.
How to use cinnamon as a repellent?
Cinnamon can be used in a number of ways to shoo away squirrels out of your garden.
1.Sprinkling Cinnamon powder
-The simplest way to use cinnamon as a repellent is to sprinkle ground Cinnamon on the soil beneath the trees and plants. Firstly, notice the places where squirrels have dug up holes or the fruits which are often found chewed. These are the favorite location where they enjoy delights. All you have to do is, sprinkle a handful of cinnamon powder around these areas, and in the soil. The unpleasant odor will keep the squirrels at bay.
2.Cinnamon spray :
-Cinnamon spray proves to be efficient enough as a natural repellent because of its hard smell. Here are 2 recipes for homemade Cinnamon sprays-
- Dilute 10-12 drops of cinnamon essential oil into 1 cup of clean water. Shake the mixture well so that it gets mixed up. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and that’s ready to use.
- Get some cinnamon sticks and boil them in water. Leave it to cool overnight so that gets well soaked into the water. Strain the liquid and pour into a squirt bottle and your spray is ready.
Spray the prepared concoction on fences, gates, leaves, and fruits. It’s necessary to have a patch test to see if your plant is with the spray. For the test, spray 2-3 leaves and leave them for hours, check if any changes have occurred and if not, you can definitely spray it to the entire garden.
Besides Keeping Squirrels At Bay
Since cinnamon is a versatile spice, it’s use isn’t only limited as a repellent but also beneficial to the plants in multiple ways.
Spraying cinnamon spray on stems and leaves prevents fungus and unwanted mushrooms. Moreover, it proves effective in saving plants from damping off disease. Make sure you have a patch test before applying in the whole garden.
Say goodbye to squirrels and other critters
Besides squirrels, cinnamon also restricts entry to mosquitos, ants, chipmunks, and other pests due to its strong odor. Spray the solution on windows and on their pathways to keep them away.
Q1.How often do I need to spray cinnamon?
-Spraying cinnamon spray twice a week is more than enough. Make sure to cover all the squirrel’s favorite areas and their pathways to restrict their entry from the very first destination.
Q2. Will the spray kill squirrels?
-No. The spray won’t kill the squirrels nor it will harm your fruits and plants. It will only create some burning sensation on their feet and also they’ll find it unpleasant to breathe.
Q3.Which odor do squirrels hate?
-Squirrels appear to dislike the smell of spices and herbs, including Cinnamon, garlic, coffee, and apple cider vinegar. You can grow garlic and hot peppers too in your garden to shoo away squirrels.
Now you know the best natural remedy to keep the squirrels at bay and save your plants from being destroyed. Don’t let them take a free share of your precious homegrown fruits and veggies.