How to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Bird Feeder

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So you’ve got your new bird feeder and seed all set up and your first guest is a… squirrel?!

How do you keep these pesky critters from munching on your bird seed?

Here are five tips!

1. USE A BAFFLE

A baffle is a device that acts as a protective shield and can be placed above or below a feeder. A dome baffle can be used above a hanging feeder and will not only keep squirrels from climbing down onto the feeder but they will also protect it and the seed from the elements. A wrap around or torpedo baffle can be used under your feeder if it is mounted on a pole.

2. HANG FEEDERS OUT OF REACH

Squirrels are acrobatic wonders and capable of jumping incredible distances! Hang your feeder away from the main trunk of the tree and as far out on a limb as possible. Also be sure to keep them as far away as possible from any other launching pads like your house, deck, fencing etc.

3. USE SPICE

Pepper naturally deters squirrels from feasting on your seed. You can apply a pepper-based repellent to the seed or buy seed that is already mixed with hot pepper. The pepper will keep the squirrels away but birds won’t even notice the spice!

4. COAT THE POLE

Coating the pole in plastic wrap or plastic tubing may help deter squirrels. Although many articles may recommend coating the pole with oil or grease it is ineffective and dangerous to the squirrels and birds. The grease or oil could potentially coat the squirrels’ fur or birds’ feathers and make them more susceptible to predators.

5. BUY A SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDER

You can buy a variety of feeders that offer automatic deterrents such as weight-activated perch bars that close off access to the seed. You could even purchase a feeder that attaches to a window–have you ever seen a squirrel climb a window? Exactly! Window feeders can also give you an incredible view of the your feathered friends stopping by for a bite!

I hope these tips keep pesky squirrels away from your feeder so you can enjoy more of your feathered friends!

Happy Birding!


Image by Laura Ceville @birdhouselove