Squirrels Eating Bird Food: How Do I Stop The Squirrels?
Date: June 18th, 2013
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.