Country Lore: Alluminum Foil Is a Squirrel Repellent

A reader who wanted to stop the little varmints from digging up his plants discovered aluminum foil works very well as a squirrel repellent.

| June/July 2009

  • squirrel repellent
    A layer of aluminum foil is all the squirrel repellent you need on potted plants. For whatever reason, they don't like the stuff.
    PHOTO: WILLIAM STEVENSON

  • squirrel repellent

As a backyard gardener, I had a problem this spring with varmints digging up my potted tomatoes and sweet peppers. I suspected that squirrels were the culprits.

Instead of resorting to trapping the suspects, I simply covered the top of the pots with a layer of aluminum foil and punched holes in the foil to allow water to seep through. No more problems with varmints. I don’t know whether it’s the shiny surface or the crinkly sound it makes when touched that keeps them off, but it turns out aluminum foil is a great squirrel repellent.

Applying a shiny layer has the further advantage of reflecting light onto the plant, helpful for locations such as my deck, which gets a barely adequate six hours of sunlight per day.

William Stevenson
Huntsville, AL 








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