What is a Squirrel Baffle?
Many people wonder, what is a squirrel baffle? You can purchase these devices to discourage squirrels from eating your bird feeders or using other outdoor bird feeding facilities. But what is a squirrel baffle and how can you install one? Is it necessary to cut the poles or simply twist the baffle over the pole? Let’s find out! In this article I will compare two popular squirrel baffle products and explain what each does.
The Perky-Pet Metal Pole Squirrel Baffler is made of all-metal construction to keep squirrels from climbing up bird feeders. The baffler measures 14.5″ high and 7″ wide. It will fit on poles up to 1 3/8″ in diameter and comes with mounting hardware. You can even use this baffler on your mailbox or other outside mail box.
The bird baffle is easy to install, and comes with a coupler base for mounting to a pole. It fits most poles with a diameter of half-inch to one-and-a-half inches. It’s weather-resistant, and its large surface area will prevent squirrels from perching on it and contaminating the food. This product is licensed by the National Audubon Society, so you can trust its performance.
Once installed, the Perky-Pet 341 squirrel feeder is ready for action. After you install the feeder, you should install the baffle. If you choose to hang the feeder, make sure that you follow the instructions carefully. If you’re hanging it, clamp the end cap and drill a hole in the center. Once the hole is drilled, cut the end cap to the shape you need.
Perky-Pet 341 vs. Woodlink Post Mount Squirrel Baffle
The woodlink post mount squirrel baffle is the better option overall if you want to keep your feeder free from squirrels. It has an attractive green finish, so the squirrels will love it. You can also hang it above the feeder to prevent squirrels from getting to it. It is made of resin polymer and has a thick enough lid to keep out squirrels.
The disk-shaped squirrel baffle is the most effective one for deterring squirrels. This model has a diameter of 22.5 inches, which makes it large enough to deter squirrels and raccoons. It is designed to fit onto four-by-four posts, but may not work as well on thinner poles. The baffle is made of fully galvanized steel and is powder-coated for durability. It comes in a copper-tan finish that will blend in with any landscape design.
Another popular model is the Perky-Pet 341. It’s an all-purpose squirrel baffle made of smooth and transparent plastic. The dome-shaped shape doesn’t frighten birds. The material is dense enough to keep squirrels from getting to your bird feeder. The cylinder tube is attached to pole-mounted feeders. It is also mounted above bird feeders.
Woodlink Post Mount Squirrel Baffle
If you have a standard sized post and shepherds hook, the Woodlink Post Mount Squirrel baffle is the perfect choice. Made of lightweight steel with a powder-coated surface, this squirrel baffle is weatherproof and strong. A squirrel baffle is an excellent way to protect your bird feeder from damage caused by squirrels. You can hang your baffle from the top or bottom of your post.
A woodlink post mount squirrel baffle will keep critters away from your bird seed feeders and will help prevent them from climbing the posts. This squirrel baffle has a 22-inch diameter and can double as a predator guard, keeping raccoons and other predators from entering your bird house. Simply wrap the baffle around a 4″ x 4″ post and screw wood screws through the brackets. Place the baffle four to five feet above the ground for maximum effectiveness.
The Woodlink Post Mount Squirrel Bale is an inexpensive, easy-to-install way to protect your bird feeder. It snaps onto the post using the inward pressure of its two sides. The baffle wraps around the existing 4 inch x 4-inch post and can be secured with wood screws. If you have a large yard, consider using a post baffle in place of a squirrel net.
What is a squirrel baffle?
Answer: A squirrel baffle is a device that is placed around a bird feeder or bird house to prevent squirrels from accessing the food or nesting area.
How does a squirrel baffle work?
Answer: A squirrel baffle works by preventing squirrels from being able to climb up to the bird feeder or bird house.
The baffle is usually placed on the pole or tree that the feeder or house is mounted on.
What are the benefits of using a squirrel baffle?
Answer: The benefits of using a squirrel baffle are that it will keep the squirrels away from the bird food and it will also protect the bird house from damage that the squirrels may cause.
What are the different types of squirrel baffles?
Answer: The different types of squirrel baffles include baffles that are placed on the ground baffles that are placed on the feeder or house and baffles that are placed on the pole or tree.
Are squirrel baffles effective?
Answer: Yes squirrel baffles are effective at keeping squirrels away from bird feeders and bird houses.
Do squirrel baffles come in different sizes?
Answer: Yes squirrel baffles come in different sizes to fit different types of feeders and houses.
What is the best type of squirrel baffle to use?
Answer: The best type of squirrel baffle to use depends on the type of feeder or house that you have.
If you have a bird feeder then a baffle that is placed on the ground or on the feeder would be the best option.
If you have a bird house then a baffle that is placed on the pole or tree would be the best option.
How do I install a squirrel baffle?
Answer: The installation of a squirrel baffle will vary depending on the type of baffle that you have.
If you have a baffle that is placed on the ground you will need to stake it into the ground.
If you have a baffle that is placed on the feeder or house you will need to screw it into the feeder or house.
If you have a baffle that is placed on the pole or tree you will need to wrap it around the pole or tree.
Do I need more than one squirrel baffle?
Answer: It depends on the number of squirrels that you have in your area.
If you have a lot of squirrels you may need more than one baffle.
How often do I need to clean my squirrel baffle?
Answer: You should clean your squirrel baffle every few months to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on it.
Will a squirrel baffle protect my bird feeder from other animals?
Answer: No a squirrel baffle will not protect your bird feeder from other animals.
Will a squirrel baffle protect my bird house from other animals?
Answer: No a squirrel baffle will not protect your bird house from other animals.
Do I need to remove my squirrel baffle in the winter?
Answer: No you do not need to remove your squirrel baffle in the winter.
Do I need to remove my squirrel baffle in the summer?
Answer: No you do not need to remove your squirrel baffle in the summer.
How long will my squirrel baffle last?
Answer: Your squirrel baffle will last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
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.