Squirrels Eating Bird Food: How Do I Stop The Squirrels?


Date: July 24th, 2017

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If you have ever watched a squirrel steal seed from your bird feeders, then you know how crafty and ingenious they can be. A simple pole stands no chance against these thieves. To beat the squirrels, try these tricks:


CountryMax.com Squirrel Proof Feeder

  • Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

The ultimate in squirrel protection, these feeders will give squirrels headaches. Several different varieties of squirrel proof feeders are available for purchase. Weight activated, seed savers, wire grid, and collapsible rods are all different types that are effective.


In this picture, a weight activated feeder prevents the squirrel from getting to the seed. The squirrel's weight is pushing the perch down, covering the feeding areas.


The Droll Yankee Flipper is a classic squirrel-proof feeder that has a motor driven, weight activated perch ring that flips squirrels off when weight is applied. Want to see it in action? Click this link.


  •   Squirrel Baffles

These dome shaped structures can be attached above or below your feeder. The metal or plastic surface is slippery, and when the squirrel steps on the surface, it tips, causing the squirrel to fall off.


  • Offer seed that Squirrels don't like

Nyjer (thistle) seed, millet and safflower are 3 types of wild bird seed that squirrels typically won't eat. By offering these seeds, a hungry squirrel may pass your feeders and opt for something else.

Or, even better, Backyard Series Fiery Surprise Bird Seed Blend is is a premium hot blend designed for BIRDS ONLY. After much development and product testing, Backyard Series Fiery Surprise Bird Seed Blend is proven to be a squirrel deterrent product. While this is not a squirrel proof product, our studies showed it to be a very effective squirrel deterrent. While squirrels may still visit and feed at feeders, once they get a taste of the hot seeds, most will look for other sources of food.


  • Grease The Pole

 Vaseline and Crisco can serve as a temporary hindrance to the squirrels. The slippery substance will wear off eventually, but in the meantime you can triumphantly watch as your foe slips, and slides down the pole. Make sure you use a non-toxic substance (not auto grease), as this can prove lethal when the squirrel cleans its paws later.

.Wild Bird Seed

  •  Cayenne Pepper

Mixing a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a bag of seed will deter squirrels and not affect the bird’s enjoyment of seed. Just make sure you don’t get any pepper in your eyes when mixing!

Squirrel Repellent CountryMax.com


  •  Squirrel Repellent

 Squirrels can eat large amounts of bird feed and destroy bird feeders in the process. FM Brown's Garden Chic! Fire Mix Squirrel Repellent is an inexpensive, natural, easy-to-use method for keeping squirrels and chipmunks away from your wild bird feeders.


  •  Critter Ridder

 Available in a spray or granule form, this substance repels squirrels for 30 days with odor and taste deterrents. Simply spray on the feeder or form a perimeter around it. For other types of animal repellents, check out CountryMax's wide selection!


  •  Squirrel Food

Although it may seem like treason, feeding the squirrels will decrease the amount of birdseed they steal. Squirrels and birds can finally live in tranquility, as both will be fed.

 .Havahart Squirrel Trap CountryMax.com

  • Live Traps

Traps can be effective tools in relocating the mangy enemy. Place the trap underneath the bird feeder or near an area the squirrel frequently visits. Put peanut butter, bird seed, or squirrel food inside the trap and activate the trap. Once the squirrel steps on a lever inside of the cage, the trap door shuts but does not injure the squirrel. Release the squirrel in a wooded area a couple miles from your home. When releasing the squirrel, set the cage on the ground and prop open the door. Don’t put your hand in the cage, as the cornered animal may bite. Try to release the squirrel relatively quickly after being trapped, as this will reduce stress. Before capturing and releasing a wild animal, always check with your local regulations to ensure that you follow the correct procedures.




Do you have a squirrel success story? Do you have more questions about squirrel repellents? Leave a comment below or visit your local CountryMax store today! Good luck!


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