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Are There Plants That Repel Squirrels?

Are There Plants That Repel Squirrels?

When you’re getting your garden in the Dallas area ready this spring, you may want to consider specific flowers and plants that keep some of the more destructive wildlife away. Squirrels may be cute and fun to watch, but if they enter your home, they can leave a trail of destruction in their wake. If you enjoy gardening or landscaping, you may be able to set up a barrier of plants that will deter your friendly neighborhood squirrels from dropping by for a visit.

Keep reading to learn more about the plants that create a less welcoming environment for squirrels, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Critter Stop. Located in Southlake, our expert team is happy to travel to homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to provide wildlife and pest removal services that are guaranteed 100% poison-free and eco friendly.


alliums repel squirrels

These are the flowering parts of onion, scallion, and garlic plants. The flowers, the plants themselves, and the vegetables produce a savory odor that smells like dinner to people. However, squirrels do not like these spicy scents or flavors, making allium plants a great squirrel repellent option.


Daffodils are a natural squirrel repellent.

In our experience as wildlife removal company, flowers like daffodils that are brightly colored, strongly scented, and potent tasting are often recommended for homeowners to discourage squirrels, dear, rabbits, and other wildlife from stopping by for a visit. As an added benefit, bright colors and strong scents are known to attract butterflies.


A fritillary is a flower that naturally repels squirrels and other rodents.

The fritillary family of bulbous flowering plants are another beautiful option that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden while deterring unwanted pests who dislike the strong smells produced by these plants. From the same family as lilies, common fritillary varieties include snakes head and mission bells. These plants thrive in the central and coastal regions of the state, but with a little TLC, they can make a great addition to your Dallas garden or landscaping.


The hyacinth is an easy to maintain plant that deters rodents and other pests.

When we provided our squirrel removal services, we found that this is another group of odorous, flowering plants that squirrels avoid, and the common varieties include the Texas state flower - Bluebells! You can show your state pride and keep the squirrels from your attic with these beautiful, easy to maintain plants.


Galanthus have a strong smelling flower that deter squirrels and other unwanted wildlife.

Many gardeners rely on Galanthus plants to keep pests like squirrels away from their gardens. These strong smelling, bulbous plants are a natural deterrent for many pests and unwanted wildlife, including squirrels. Snowdrops are the most common Galanthus variety, but there are a number of rarer varieties that can add color and interest to your home’s landscape design, including the the exotic Blood Lily. Native to South Africa, these bright, hardy plants are gaining popularity in US gardens.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley will deter wildlife, but it is also poisonous, which makes it a poor choice if you have small children or pets.

Lily of the Valley offers the same strong scent that deters many common wildlife, including squirrels. However, ingesting Lily of the Valley can be poisonous to animals, including family pets, so this flower is not recommended for those homeowners with pets. It is another non-native plant that has been successfully introduced in parts of South and Central Texas. This flowering plant, with a little time and patience, can be suited to a Dallas garden. In fact, some gardners claim the added hardship of growth in the Dallas soil and climate helps to control potential overpopulation that is common in areas where Lily of the Valley thrives.


Geraniums should be planted in spring to help your seedlings be protected from squirrels.

Geraniums are another flowering plant relied upon by gardners to deter wildlife, including squirrels. Unfortunately, these plants don’t love the Dallas heat, so they do best if planted in the early spring to protect your garden’s seedlings from destruction by squirrels and other wildlife.

What are some types of flowers that squirrels won't eat?

To deter squirrels, you can incorporate certain plants into your garden that are generally not appealing to them. While no plant is completely squirrel-proof, some are less attractive to these critters because of their taste, texture, or scent. Here are a few options:

  1. Daffodils (Narcissus spp.): Squirrels tend to avoid daffodils due to their toxic properties, which can cause irritation in their mouths and stomachs.
  2. Alliums: This family includes garlic, onions, chives, and decorative alliums, all of which have strong scents that squirrels dislike.
  3. Galanthus (Snowdrops): These are also unappealing to squirrels because of their toxicity.
  4. Fritillaries (Fritillaria): The crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) in particular has a skunky odor that squirrels find repulsive.
  5. Hyacinth: While beautiful and fragrant to humans, hyacinths are not a favorite of squirrels due to their toxicity.
  6. Geraniums: Their scent and taste are off-putting to squirrels.
  7. Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis): Its toxicity makes it unattractive to squirrels.

Remember, these plants can deter squirrels from eating them or digging in the area where they're planted, but they might not completely prevent squirrels from visiting your garden, especially if other attractions are present. Alongside planting these, consider other squirrel-deterrent strategies like securing food sources (bird feeders, pet food), using squirrel baffles, and maintaining a clean and tidy yard to reduce their overall presence.

How Critter Stop Can Help

Even if you put your green thumb to work placing plants, flowers, and foods that squirrels typically dislike, a hungry squirrel can adapt to eating almost anything! That means you’ll have to change out the plants at least annually for best results.

If you’re experiencing squirrel destruction in or around your home, call our Critter Stop team at (214) 234-2616 today. We’ll come out to perform our thorough inspection and provide a detailed and accurate estimate of the cost for our complete services all come with the backing of our Lifetime Guarantee which is unparalleled in the industry. We have provided our wildlife removal services hundreds of times in the Dallas- Fort Worth area, so we understand the local wildlife behavior. Call us now and get a free inspection!

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