Shorter days and crisper evenings tell us that autumn is quickly approaching. One of the most nostalgic fall traditions is carving pumpkins and showing them off for all to see. As I walk and drive around different neighborhoods, it’s always fun to see how houses are decorated - from simple carved pumpkins quietly sitting on a porch step to elaborate displays that rival Macy’s windows! 

protect your halloween decorations from squirrels
Don't let squirrels destroy your Halloween decorations.

Unfortunately, when pumpkins and gourds go on display, they seem to beckon squirrels to come out and play…and chew…and nibble…and destroy! Squirrels are curious, intelligent little creatures and it’s not uncommon for them to investigate new things in their backyard (or on your stairs or porch) and if it’s a tasty pumpkin so much the better! It is food, after all.

Protect your pumpkins from squirrels
Protect your pumpkins from squirrels

Their innate curiosity, not to mention incisors that can grow up to 6” a year, make pumpkins, along with everything else, fair game in the mouth of a squirrel. Squirrels can wreak havoc not only on your décor, but they will also chew on outdoor furniture and cushions, decking, siding, wires and digging up plants and bulbs. 

Don't let your pumpkins get destroyed by squirrels!

I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent will protect your pumpkins

Whether it’s a wreath on your door, a couple of pumpkins, or an ornate display, prevent squirrel damage by spraying with I Must Garden’s Squirrel Repellent.

 I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent can save your halloween decorations
Nothing is safe from Squirrels

The repellent is safe for people and pets and dissuades squirrels from exploring and damaging your decorations. The repellent is a blend of natural ingredients and botanical oils including lemongrass, cedar and clove. While squirrels don’t like the taste or the smell of the repellent, rest assured, it will not harm them. 

How to apply

If you’re creating a display yourself, it’s best to spray the individual decorations prior to assembly. Wait until the pieces are dry and then let your creative genius get to work. Once complete, spray the entire display again. 

Protect your scarecrow from squirrels
Stop squirrels from destroying your Halloween decorations

If you have purchased a wreath or some other potentially enticing decoration, spray the front and back of the wreath. 

Initial applications are most important. Start out with a heavy spray coating all parts of the décor or pumpkins thoroughly. We recommend touching up the displays every other day for a week or two, and then spray weekly. Refrain from watering your displays with a hose or irrigation system and reapply the spray after rainfall. 

Bonus! Protect bulbs from squirrels too!

Fall is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. After keeping the squirrels away from your pumpkins and decorations, the I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent can work double duty on protecting your fall planted bulbs and keeping squirrels from digging them up after they have been planted.

protect bulbs from squirrels
Protecting your bulbs is as easy as dipping in our Squirrel Repellent.

To protect your bulbs, dip them into the repellent. After a 15-minute soak, remove the bulbs from the liquid and let them dry completely before planting.  Pour the repellent back in the bottle for later use. 

The I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent will keep the squirrels away and your decorations looking great all season long! It is available online at and at local independent garden centers. 

I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent will protect:

  • Pumpkins and gourds
  • Bales of hay
  • Scarecrows and Strawmen
  • Wreaths
  • Strings of lights
  • Wooden decorations
  • Plants
  • Decking
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Cushions
I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent
I Must Garden Squirrel Repellent