Squirrel Mace! Ok Fine, Repellent.

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Intro: Squirrel Mace! Ok Fine, Repellent.

This organic concoction will keep squirrels, cats, dogs, people and any other annoyances at bay.

Step 1: First on the Chopping Block, Habaneros!

Habanero peppers are rich in capsaicin oil. That's the stuff that burns so bad when you eat them. So lets get a bunch and pop them in the blender! DANGER!!!! For the love of Pete, wear gloves when handeling these! A simple touch of the pepper and then rub your eye or nose and presto! Your in a world of hurt!

Step 2: Next Up (Hic!) Vodka!

I find the water of life best for the extraction process. Oil of any kind is soluble in alcohol, not water. If you can't get booze, use rubbing alcohol. Mind you, if you do, it will not be fit for human consumption. mix the two together and wait overnight.

Step 3: Seperate the Solids.

The next day, pour the concoction through a sieve into a tall narrow glass container. Let stand for 2-3 hours. You should see a separation of the oil from the vodka. The oil will be on top. You can use a turkey baster to remove either component. Otherwise you should be skilled at pouring off the top layer. The vodka is now flavoured, but not hot. The oil on the other hand is pure pain by the drop!

Step 4: Apply As Needed.

If you have small children, take serious care not to put this where they could come in contact with it. I brushed mine onto my bird feeder and using a pump hairspray bottle, sprayed my plants too. I am now squirrel free!

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PeterP4surfreak

Reply 2 years ago

Spicy hot things do not affect birds.

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Shindousurfreak

Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

I know MANY birds that LOVE peppers, the hotter the better, they have no saliva producing glands or whatever in their mouth, but they DO have taste buds, so they enjoy a totally different flavor than humans do. For some reason, they go absolutely crazy for peppers, they must taste extremely good if you can get past the heat....

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atropossurfreak

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Birds actually have no taste and the hotness of the peppers won't phase them at all. :) It's a very common solution to coat birdseed or suet in cheyenne pepper to discourage squirrels.

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MandalorianMakeryx516

Reply 2 years ago

Squirrels are pestilences, they are tree rats with a habit for eating bird seed and your vegetables in the garden. They have a pleasant taste though.

Squirrels are pestilences, they are rats with bushy tails and a habit for eating the vegetables in the garden. They do taste good though.

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bakdrft

4 years ago on Introduction

Will grain alcohol work. I have used it for making other oils

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thehbird

4 years ago on Introduction

nice question did the birds come after you sprayed the pepper spray on it?

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zupyo22

7 years ago on Introduction

by the wa will this work on feral cats have alot near where i live

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Thanks for you instructable. I used to love squirrels but now find I need to get some control over them because since I've moved where I am now they are eating all my bulbs and every last almond.  Just curious though, what is the first picture showing? Also, do you add oil or is the oil a product of the peppers? 

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The first pic is a combination of a pic from a news article regarding rioters at a college and a squirrel. The young man was picking up a tear gas canister to throw it back at the police. 
 You should use a veg oil to carry the capsicum better. 

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dewa2258mowie

Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

Squirrels have gotten into my attic...they have eaten boards all over the house to get inside to build nests for the winter. I can't begin to tell you how much this cost. Squirrels are the biggest cause of unexplained house fires. They are just rats with furry tails. I don't want to share my home with them.

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mowiedewa2258

Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

haha ok im australian so i had no idea. Thanks.

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do you have a specific recipe? i got lost on step 2 can't wait to try on these pesky squirrels who have ate up just about all the apricots on my tree!

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It's really very simple. Get as many habaneros as you can, blend them up and add alcohol. Let set for a few hours, strain out the liquid. Wait until you see the mix separate and use a straw to draw off the oil. Apply as needed to whatever you are protecting.

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SG1Oniell

10 years ago on Introduction

due if you make actuall mace and mix it with the powder in one of those long thin flourescent light bulb you get hydrochlauric acid! It's awesome!

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AerospacedSG1Oniell

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

"Put the bong down and step away from the bag!" The "powder" is a phosphor. I don't believe you have all the facts straight. Perhaps you could cite a reputable source on this. Considering your considerable spelling errors, the foremost statement may be accurate.