Repelling Squirrels with Peppermint Oil

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Things You'll Need

  • Peppermint oil

  • Cotton balls

Peppermint oil is a natural squirrel repellant.

Squirrels can be amusing to watch when they're in your yard but can cause quite a bit of damage if they make their way into attics, crawlspaces and walls within your home. If you want to repel squirrels from getting into a certain area of your home or get rid of squirrels that are already there, a little bit of peppermint oil can often do the trick.


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Step 1

Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil, allowing each ball to become saturated with liquid.

Step 2

Place the cotton balls in the corners of attics, wall openings, garages or anywhere you need to repel squirrels.

Step 3

Check on the cotton balls every few weeks to make sure they still have a peppermint odor. When the odor fades, discard the old ball and soak another cotton ball in peppermint oil to replace it.


Dilute peppermint oil with water (10-15 drops per cup of water) to create a spray you can put on the bases of trees and shrubs to repel squirrels.