Most animal lovers are happy to see bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks, and groundhogs, but every now and then, friendly backyard wildlife will make themselves comfortable to the point of destroying a lawn or even damaging the house itself. Extermination can be unnecessarily cruel, and catch-and-release can spread disease or leave babies motherless. So what can you do?
One way to deter backyard pests is to leave numerous very hot peppers throughout your property for a few days or weeks. The animals will nibble the peppers and quickly figure out that your yard is full of food that hurts, and not a place to raise a family. They’ll usually disperse and find somewhere else to live.