Country Lore: Cayenne Pepper Is an Armadillo Repellent

When this Texas couple needed an armadillo repellent, they only had to look as far as their spice rack.


| June/July 2010


We wondered how to stop armadillos from the nightly diggings that were tearing up our garden beds. As armadillos use their snouts when they dig, we decided to spread powdered cayenne pepper in the areas where they were rooting. After a couple of days of rooting, they didn’t come back. I’m sure the sting was more than they bargained for. In the past 10 years, we have only had to use our improvised armadillo repellent three times.

Dana Strong
Tow, Texas





mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: April 28-29, 2018
Asheville, NC

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE