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Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:15:45 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Psyche. This user is located in Zone 7a, Maryland. This was originally posted on March 27, 2013.

I use powdered cayenne to keep furry critters out of my EB.  Last year, I had trouble finding an ample supply without costing a ton.  Chili powder, Korean style pepper, red pepper flakes and taco seasoning are not potent enough.

The place I found it in Maryland was a Whole Foods market with a bulk spice section in Annapolis.  It's about $9 a pound, and I don't need a pound.  I also tried to find places that sold Frontier spices in bulk.  Not all Whole Foods have a bulk spice section.  Other places in the country, check Wild Oats, Fred Meyer and Smith's Marketplace.

A little cayenne pepper on the hole in the plastic was enough to deter squirrels from planting acorns in my EB.  Raccoons were after the fertilizer and needed and larger dose and sent me on the quest to find cheep large quantities.  I sprinkled it on before I put on the cover.  I may add some to the fertilizer directly this year.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 11:18:17 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, morganmac. This user is located in NW Georgia, Zone 7b. This was originally posted on March 28, 2013.

I haven't had a problem with critters getting into my EBs yet (crossing my fingers), but I have used cayenne to keep a chipmunk out of a hole in my foundation long enough to patch it (didn't want to seal him in!). I had the pleasure of watching him get into the powder...never seen a chipmunk sneeze before.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2017, 11:19:29 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by hero Memer, BronxBaby. This user is located in Bronx, NY Zone 7b. This was originally posted on April 29, 2013.

I use Cayenne pepper all year around to fight off the stray cats, raccoons, possums and skunks that come through my property.  Yes it is expensive but it's truly the most natural, chemical free way I know of that works ALL YEAR round.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2017, 11:21:38 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, gardendoc. This user is located in Ocean Springs, MS Zone 9A. This was originally posted on April 29, 2013.

You know the pepper may be natural, but is not chemical free. The capsaicin is the chemical that produces the heat and is used in law enforcement and military weapons for crowd control.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2017, 11:23:50 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, linear249. This user is located in Zone 8b. This was originally posted on April 29, 2013.

Psyche - I'm surprised that you're having a problem finding Cayenne Pepper.  The 1# container is available in all of our local grocery stores, including Wal Mart, in the seasonings section.  If your local store doesn't carry, try asking them to carry.  You can get a 1# container at our local Sam's Club for under $6.00.  This is the main ingredient in Crab, Shrimp, and Crawfish boils.