If you're an avid birdwatcher and enjoy feeding your feathered friends, you may have encountered the pesky problem of squirrels stealing your birdseed. Not only can squirrels be a nuisance (albeit an adorable one), but they can also damage your bird feeder and scare off the birds you're trying to attract.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep squirrels at bay and ensure that your bird feeder stays squirrel-free.
- One effective solution is to use a squirrel baffle. Squirrel baffles are devices that are designed to prevent squirrels from accessing bird feeders or climbing up poles. They work by creating a barrier that squirrels cannot climb or get around.
There are a few different types of squirrel baffles available, including pole-mounted baffles and dome-shaped baffles that can be hung above a feeder. Pole-mounted baffles are the most common type and can be installed on a pole beneath the feeder. The baffle is typically made of metal or plastic and is designed to be wider than the feeder itself. When a squirrel tries to climb up the pole, it will encounter the baffle and be unable to climb any further.
Dome-shaped baffles, on the other hand, can be hung above a feeder and act as a physical barrier between the feeder and any squirrels that try to access it. These baffles are typically made of metal or plastic and are designed to be wider than the feeder. When a squirrel tries to climb down from above the feeder, it will encounter the baffle and be unable to get to the feeder.
- If you're mounting your bird feeder on a pole, it's also a good idea to keep it away from trees, which can provide squirrels with an easy jumping-off point. We recommend keeping your bird feeder at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from trees or other structures that squirrels can climb.
- Another solution is to use spicy seed or add spicy oil to your birdseed. Squirrels do not like spicy flavors, while birds cannot feel the spiciness at all. You can buy spicy birdseed at many stores, or you can add cayenne pepper or other spices to your existing seed. Be careful not to add too much, as too much spice can be harmful to birds.
In addition to using these methods, it's important to keep your bird feeder clean and well-maintained. Clean your feeder regularly, and keep it filled with fresh seed to ensure that birds are attracted to it. With a little effort and the right tools, you can keep squirrels at bay and enjoy the company of your feathered friends all season long. You can read more about this topic on our blog.