How to Keep Squirrels out of Bird Feeders | 3 Simple Solutions
Squirrels are notorious pests when it comes to stealing food that’s been put out for the birds. Here are three ways to keep those stealthy rodents out of bird feeders.
1. Slip the feeder onto a long wire and hang it between two trees, but away from any low branches. Also, string empty thread spools on the wire to act as a further deterrent.
2. If your bird feeder sits on a pole and you’re pestered by squirrels stealing the seeds, go to the pet store and buy a squirrel baffle. This is a plastic dome that you attach under the feeder. It curves downward and away from the feeder, providing a barrier against upwardly mobile squirrels. Make sure the baffle is high enough that the squirrels can’t jump past it.
3. If even a baffle doesn’t keep squirrels away from your bird feeder, you may want to back up your baffle with a commercial repellent. Ask at you local hardware store for a repellent containing capsicum pepper powder and mix it right in with the birdseed. Squirrels will find the powder irritating to touch and taste, but it won’t actually harm them. Birds, which have no receptors in their brains for pepper sensation, won’t even notice it. But you will, so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching it.