How to Make a Bird Feeder Squirrel Free
So, you’re thinking of building a squirrel-proof bird feeder and wondering how you can go about it. You’ll need Spinners, a plastic cover, and Cayenne pepper, as well as some Grease. Once you’ve got those, you’ll need to think about what you’ll put in it. After all, squirrels love a variety of different fruits, so why not give them something different?
Squirrels love to access bird feeders by trees, power lines, and roofs. To prevent squirrels from accessing your feeders, attach wire to their base. Once the squirrels climb on the wire, they will be unable to walk on it. Make sure your bird feeder is at least nine or ten feet away from the tree. Also, place the feeder at a distance away from other structures, such as power lines or roofs.
If your feeder is too close to a tree, attach caster wheels so that the squirrels can’t access it. You can also make your own squirrel-proof bird feeder using spinners, which can be made from empty plastic bottles, thread spools, or short lengths of tubing. If you’d like to use spinners instead of wire, attach them to the string of your feeder and hang them from the base.
Investing in plastic covers for bird feeders can be a great way to prevent squirrels from defiling your bird feed. Squirrels are notoriously feisty and can destroy both wooden and plastic feeders. A top baffle or a veterinary cone will prevent squirrels from accessing your feeder, and a baffle below will keep them from climbing.
Aside from plastic covers, there are other ways to deter squirrels from visiting your bird feeders. You can try using bird seed, which squirrels do not like. To keep squirrels away, choose a feeder that measures four to six inches in diameter and has a smooth outer surface. It must also be mounted securely. Alternatively, you can install stainless steel or plastic pipe to serve as a squirrel-repellent. You can hang the pipes using elastic or loose springs. These alternatives will discourage squirrels by making them too slippery for them to climb.
Squirrels can be a nuisance in a bird feeder. They gnaw on just about anything they can get their paws on. However, you should keep in mind that squirrels can also eat bird seed. Therefore, you should take precautions to keep squirrels away from your bird feeder. Here are some ways to repel them:
One way to keep squirrels from destroying your bird seed is to use Cayenne pepper. The heat contained in this pepper will deter squirrels and other wildlife from eating your seed. You should remember that squirrels have shorter digestive systems than humans do, and cayenne pepper is more effective than hot chilli flakes. It will coat the bird seed and retain its heat. Nevertheless, if your birds are very sensitive to spicy foods, you should try the alternative method.
In order to keep squirrels from climbing the poles of your bird feeder, you can either lubricate them with a non-toxic oil or grease or add layered tubing. Either way, squirrels will have a difficult time climbing up. Natural oils are preferred for absolute safety, and you can also use household grease. Using natural oils is the fastest and easiest way to keep squirrels from climbing the poles of your bird feeder.
Although some people tout petroleum jelly or other types of animal repellents as a squirrel proof solution, these products are not humane and may even harm wildlife. Those products may stick to the poles of your feeder and cause them to fall, ripping off their fur. In addition to hurting the wildlife, they can also be harmful to humans. If squirrels fall from the poles, they may sustain serious injuries.
If you’re looking for ways to keep squirrels away from your bird feeder, it might be a good idea to consider making it squirrel-proof. The use of weight-sensitive perches is one popular method of keeping squirrels away from feeders. This method of squirrel deterrence is effective even in the cold winter months. For a more effective solution, you may also want to consider putting Ivory soap in a sock on top of the feeder. The scent of Ivory soap is believed to be repelling to rodents.
Squirrels are notorious for gnawing on poles, so it’s important to install a squirrel baffle to keep these pests out of your bird feeder. Baffles are plastic or metal enclosures that prevent squirrels from climbing onto pole-mounted bird feeders. Cages surround the feeder, which makes it difficult for squirrels to reach the food and therefore is a good alternative to baffles.
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.