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Squirrel Wars

April 17, 2009

Damn varmints.

Squirrels by Albrecht Durer

Squirrels by Albrecht Durer

They have been eating all the little leaves sprouting from the ferns and flowers we planted.
So it is time to declare war.

I made some squirrel repellent from a hodge podge of online recipes and available ingredients.

Key ingredient: Habanero peppers.


  • 4 Habaneros
  • 10 Garlic Tines
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar (all I had was balsamic – this is for urbanite foodie squirrels)
  • 2 cups Water
  1. Blend in blender.
  2. Strain into spray bottle.
  3. Spray onto plants.
  4. Pray that it works.

I just transplanted a whole herd of bean and pea babies (see their one-week old pics in this post) last night, feeding them with a seaweed-based fertilizerĀ  and then spraying them generously with my habanero mix.

The hotness of the habanero (also of cayenne pepper) repels squirrels and other creatures…hopefully! I’ll be keeping a close eye on my tender sprouts to see if they survive.

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