Pumpkins are an irresistible treat for squirrels and they'll do almost anything to eat them. There are a few ways you can protect your prized pumpkins decor. One method is to combine 1 gallon of water, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 small bottle of hot sauce. Add a drop or two of cooking oil. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture, then coat your pumpkins with it. The hot pepper will repel squirrels when they try to bite into your pumpkins. Also sprinkle red pepper flakes on the ground around the pumpkins. Another method is to coat pumpkins with peppermint or garlic spray. You can purchase these natural repellents at garden centers or make your own. Spreading a layer of dog hair on the ground around your pumpkin can also deter squirrels from touching your pumpkin. However a hungry squirrel is going to find a way to eat that pumpkin if determined enough. So it may be best to keep your prized pumpkin inside to prevent it from becoming a snack.