Rodent Repellent: DIY Critter-Ridder Recipe
Are critters making a meal out of your home? Do they get into your trash? Do your birds go hungry because some varmint eats their seeds? Do deer eat your prized flowers and garden?
As contractors (and someone who lives in an all cedar, squirrel-buffet house) we see critters causing damage all of time to the exteriors of buildings; eating soffit’s, boxing, and wood trim. As a gardener, they eat my: vegetables, flowers, and landscaping before I can even get a chance to enjoy the fruits of my labor. As someone who loves watching the birds in the morning with my coffee, it drives me batty that the only animals in my bird feeders have four legs. And let’s not forget having to pick up the trash that has been strewn all over the yard by some pesky raccoon’s, UGH !!!
Alas, we are all part of this thing called life and we need to learn to live together. But how do you protect your home without hurting the wildlife? The answer lies within the peppers. Birds can’t taste them. Deer avoid them. It seems that humans are the only animals on Earth who have a love of red, hot chili peppers.
Rodent Repellent- DIY Critter-Ridder Recipe
This recipe will repel: woodchucks (ground hogs), skunks, squirrels, raccoons, deer, rabbits, dogs and cats. Safe to use indoors or out but avoid contact with your skin, eyes and mouth.
Ingredients and Supplies
- 1 Tbsp. Tabasco
- 1 Tbsp. Cayenne pepper
- 10 Drops black pepper oil
- ½ tsp dish soap (I used Dr Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap- the peppermint helps keep away spiders and mice)
- Distilled Water
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- Measuring Spoons
- Label (you can use masking tape and a sharpie marker)
Place funnel in spray bottle. Pour ingredients into spray bottle in this order:
- Cayenne Pepper
- Black Pepper Oil
- Dish Soap
Place top on spray bottle and shake. The longer you let it soak, the stronger the solution will be and the better it will work. Write Critter-Ridder on the label and secure to bottle.
Spray your Critter-Ridder anywhere you want to keep away the critters. The soap helps it adhere to things but you will need to reapply after rain or moisture has accumulated.
Rodent Repellent: Red Pepper Flakes
To repel rodents and critters from other areas you can: sprinkle red pepper flakes in your bird seed, around your flower beds, or mix in your suet cakes.
For more information on how to make suet cakes, click here for the recipe, Coconut Oil Suet Cakes for Chickens and Wild Birds. Add 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to each recipe to help repel rodents from eating them.
Do peppers hurt birds or chickens?
Birds DO have the TRPV1 receptor like mammals, which is also commonly called the capsaicin receptor. However the bird TRPV1 is insensitive to capsaicin. Chili seed germination is decreased in the GI tract of mammals but not by the passage through the GI tract of birds. In this case birds can benefit from the rich contents of the chili peppers by not being sensitive to the capsaicin. The plant benefits by getting the seeds dispersed efficiently.
The second paper has little to do with birds but it is a demonstration that an increase in the amount of capsaicinoids in fruits reduces fungal infection and seed mortality. The fact that capsaicin does not activate the chicken TRPV1 could mean that this is a general feature for all birds because chickens are rather basal birds. It was interesting to read that hummingbirds avoid chillis but many bird species are neophobic to new tastes and that does not necessarily mean that they do sense the heat in the chillis.