Spicy exchange / 2023
How does cayenne deter squirrels?
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Rest assured, cayenne and capsaicin are safe for birds in reasonable quantities. Research on capsaicin-treated bird seed has shown that birds are unaffected by its presence and did not reduce their feeding frequency.
1. Fill a spray bottle with 1 quart (4 cups) of water. 2. Add 2 teaspoons of cayenne powder to the water. 3. Close the spray bottle tightly and shake it well to ensure proper mixing of the cayenne powder with water. 4. Spray your bird seed and bird feeder with the capsaicin spray.
Rich in capsaicin, cayenne is an irritant to all mammals, which means it may also deter raccoons from bird feeders, but capsaicin may be a less effective deterrent for raccoons than squirrels.
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