How to Keep a Squirrel Out of Your Bird Feeder
Adding cayenne pepper or chilli flakes to bird seed will help deter squirrels. Other natural substances, such as lemon juice or cayenne pepper, may deter squirrels. If nothing else works, provide water for squirrels to drink from your bird feeder. Here are some other ways to keep squirrels out of your feeder. If none of these methods work, try adding some of your own.
Natural substances repel squirrels
You can repel squirrels by placing onion pieces in water or putting a few cloves of garlic in a spray bottle. Both of these substances have an unpleasant smell, and squirrels won’t eat them. If you’re fed up with squirrels pecking away at your bird feeder, consider using a repellent spray made from peppermint, garlic, or vinegar. These repellents are not poisonous, but you’ll need to reapply them every so often.
Another great deterrent is peppermint, which is extremely unpleasant to squirrels. Sprinkle peppermint on your bird feeder post or surrounding trees, or plant peppermint plants for fresh mint. While these repellents work best for wooden feeder posts, peppermint is equally effective on a plastic or glass bird seed dish. Other effective repellents include apple bitter and lemon juice. Using any of these deters will keep squirrels away for months.
Adding cayenne pepper or chilli flakes to bird seed
Adding chilli flakes or cayenne pepper to your bird seed can deter squirrels from visiting your feeder. You can either use red or cayenne pepper, both of which have a strong hot taste. Both types of pepper contain capsaicin, which is a substance that can cause serious burns if swallowed. Cayenne pepper has the same effect, but chilli flakes are milder and don’t stick to your fingers as much. Make sure to wash your hands well before handling chilli flakes or powder to avoid catching on fire.
Squirrels are clever creatures that have adapted to their environment very well and will find their way into a bird feeder without much of a fight. The use of cayenne or chilli flakes is considered inhumane by the Humane Society of the United States, but it is worth a try. Unlike other methods, it is unlikely to hurt the squirrels in the long run.
Installing a slinky on a bird feeder
If you are wondering how to keep a squirrel out of your bird feeder, try installing a slinky. It’s not as hard as it sounds – all you need to do is hang a slinky on the end of the feeder pole. The slinky will go down the pole and open when a squirrel reaches it. This will keep the squirrel from climbing the pole. Make sure the slinky is securely fastened and that it doesn’t extend all the way down to the floor. If the slinky does reach the floor, then you’ll have to cut it and expose the pole.
The slinky works in the same way as the traditional squirrel baffle. It can be bought for only $2.99, and you can attach it to the pole of your bird feeder. The spring will fall downward if a squirrel tries to climb the pole, and this should prevent it from reaching the feeder. Alternatively, you can buy a slinky made specifically for squirrel repelling purposes.
Providing water for squirrels to drink from bird feeder
Squirrels require a constant source of water to stay healthy and strong. In the wild, they get water from standing water, trees and even the ground itself. Providing water in a bird feeder is a simple way to provide water to these little creatures. However, you should remember that squirrels need more than just three teaspoons of water a day. During the winter months, female squirrels will need much more water than usual because they are nursing babies.
One effective way to deter squirrels is to provide them with clean water. Place a clean, empty soda bottle on the wire of your bird feeder. Then, use a small screwdriver to remove the bottom of the bottle. The bottle will deter the squirrel from eating the food. If you want to deter squirrels from feeding from your bird feeder, you can try placing spoiled apples underneath pear trees. This way, they won’t be distracted by other feeders.
Making a squirrel baffle
A good way to discourage a squirrel from feeding from your bird feeder is to make a slinky. Slinkys are spring-like objects that squirrels love to use to reach feeders. By attaching a slinky to your bird feeder, you will prevent the squirrel from climbing up the pole and into the feeder. This is a fun sight to watch and guarantees that the squirrels will stay away.
Squirrels love to eat from bird feeders, so if you’re frustrated with the constant interruptions from these messy little creatures, you can make a DIY squirrel baffle. To make a squirrel baffle, you’ll need a stovepipe with an end cap, some plastic or metal sticks, and some electrical tape (for insulation). You’ll also need a few hose clamps and a screwdriver. Make sure to use a long enough pole so that the squirrel cannot climb it.
What is the best type of bird feeder to keep squirrels out?
Answer 1: A squirrel proof bird feeder.
What are some ways to make a bird feeder squirrel proof?
Answer 2: Some ways to make a bird feeder squirrel proof are to make it heavier so that squirrels can’t tip it over put a baffle on it so that squirrels can’t climb up to it or make the opening of the feeder small enough so that squirrels can’t fit their bodies through it.
What type of bird food is least attractive to squirrels?
Answer 3: Some types of bird foods that are least attractive to squirrels are safflower thistle and Nyjer seed.
Will squirrels eat bird food if they are hungry enough?
Answer 4: Yes if squirrels are hungry enough they will eat bird food.
How can I keep squirrels away from my bird feeder without harming them?
Answer 5: There are a few ways to keep squirrels away from your bird feeder without harming them.
One way is to place the bird feeder on a pole and surround the pole with a squirrel baffle.
Another way is to spray the bird feeder with a squirrel repellent.
What is a squirrel baffle?
Answer 6: A squirrel baffle is a device that is placed around a pole to prevent squirrels from climbing up the pole to reach a bird feeder.
What are some squirrel repellents that are safe to use around birds?
Answer 7: Some squirrel repellents that are safe to use around birds are hot pepper sauce capsaicin and white vinegar.
How often do I need to apply a squirrel repellent to my bird feeder?
Answer 8: You will need to reapply the repellent every few weeks or after it rains.
Will a squirrel repellent also deter birds from using my bird feeder?
Answer 9: No a squirrel repellent will not deter birds from using your bird feeder.
What other animals besides squirrels may eat from my bird feeder?
Answer 10: Some other animals that may eat from your bird feeder are raccoons chipmunks and mice.
How can I tell if a squirrel is eating from my bird feeder?
Answer 11: One way to tell if a squirrel is eating from your bird feeder is to look for tell-tale signs such as teeth marks on the bird food or on the bird feeder itself.
You may also see squirrels around your bird feeder or you may hear them scratching on the bird feeder.
How can I keep squirrels from chewing on my bird feeder?
Answer 12: You can keep squirrels from chewing on your bird feeder by spraying it with a taste deterrent such as hot pepper sauce or capsaicin.
What should I do if I see a squirrel chewing on my bird feeder?
Answer 13: If you see a squirrel chewing on your bird feeder you should try to scare it off or if possible remove the bird feeder from the squirrel’s reach.
How can I keep squirrels from knocking my bird feeder off its perch?
Answer 14: You can keep squirrels from knocking your bird feeder off its perch by making sure that it is securely fastened or by placing a weight on the bottom of the bird feeder.
What should I do if my bird feeder is knocked over by a squirrel?
Answer 15: If your bird feeder is knocked over by a squirrel you should clean up any bird food that is on the ground and refasten or replace the bird feeder.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.