From what I have read on the subject, it appears that rodents are put off by the intense heat from spices and peppers. According to Ehow (2011), serrano, jalapeno, and red chili peppers work the best at detering rodents like squirrels, skunks, racoons, etc.
Capsaicin is the active chemical in chili peppers. So, if you want to know which peppers have the most capsaicin, you can check out this website for a full list. Peppers are also very easy to grow. I have grown several types of peppers in my garden including Orange Habanero and Thai, two of the hottest peppers on the list. I highly recommend growing peppers because they will add color to your garden (or pots if you don’t have the space for them).
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