According to RedBeacon, squirrels hate the smell of peppermint and spicy peppers. Peppermint gives off a strong aroma that discourages squirrels from venturing into an area. Spicy aromas, such as that from cayenne peppers, serve as a natural squirrel repellent. Jalapeño peppers mixed with vinegar and water serve a similar purpose in keeping squirrels at bay.Continue Reading
Squirrels are commonly known to enter and destroy home gardens. Other than using a natural repellent, another option for repelling them from the garden is to strategically place a feeder for the squirrels in a different location. Placing foods that the squirrels like in the feeder might keep them away from home gardens.
A squirrel is known to have a living organism growing in their digestive tract known as microriza. This organism is an important ingredient that assists with plant growth after squirrels relieve themselves outdoors. For this reason, hurting squirrels is not a good idea, since they can play an important part in the environment. Most urban squirrels do not survive for more than a year, due to being run over by automobiles. In most rural areas, squirrels are unable to survive due to the lack of food. Though squirrels mainly eat seeds and nuts, they also feed on small insects. Squirrels inherently have a great sense of vision that can aid in finding food.Learn more about Rodents
Squirrels live on every continent of the world except Antarctica and Australia. However, in recent years, squirrels have been introduced to Australia.Full Answer >
Squirrels may wait out a heavy rainstorm in their nests, while using their tails to provide protection during light rain so that they may still forage for food or play. Squirrels make nests called dreys, built high up in the trees, and these nests provide protection against rain and cold weather.Full Answer >
Squirrels can pose indirect dangers to humans and human settlements because of their ability to act as carriers for rabies and other diseases but more prominently because of their tendency to chew electrical wires. Not only can chewing these wires kill the squirrels in question, it can start dangerous electrical fires which can destroy houses, burn down surrounding trees and structures and even kill humans and other animals.Full Answer >
Most tree-dwelling squirrels, such as red and gray squirrels, do not hibernate during winter and stay active throughout the day as long as the temperature does not fall below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Ground squirrels, especially those that can be found in the Arctic, Alaska and Canada, do practice hibernation.Full Answer >