Tired of squirrels or raccoons raiding the bird feeder or digging through the recycling bin for food scraps? Try this simple trick: sprinkle in red pepper flakes. Rodents hate the taste of the peppers and will quickly learn to avoid stealing the food. Birds can't detect the flavor and will love to devour it up. Sprinkling red pepper flakes throughout your recycling bin stops animals from rummaging. It's a great, natural deterrent, and it doesn't hurt the animals that ingest it. It really works!