Your bird feeders are a valued feature of your landscaping, as it is a focal point that can be enjoyed through the harsh Indiana winters. So, when thieving squirrels pillage your feeders after you’ve taken the time to carefully fill them all up, it can leave you feeling frustrated in the least. So, be sure to do your part this season and prevent yard squirrels from stealing all the bird seed from your feeders.
Continue reading to learn how to protect bird feeders from hungry squirrels this winter, and next.
Best Practices for Bird Feeder Protection
Squirrels are very cute, but they are also very cunning. They will go to great lengths to get a snack, and bird feeders are a common target. Not only does this deplete your feeders, but it also scares all the birds away, which makes for some very boring bird-watching. Fortunately, we are smarter, and many homeowners have already developed several tactics to stop this common nuisance squirrel behavior.
Here is what you can do to prevent squirrels from eating all of the seed inside bird feeders:
► Choose a Location Away From Trees
Squirrels live in trees. Trees are their interstate to everything around them. So, do not make it easy fro them to access your bird feeders by hanging them near trees. Instead, choose a location central to your yard, far from any trees or structures squirrels can climb.
► Apply a Non-Toxic Repellent
There are certain scents, spices, and sensations that squirrels absolutely hate, like menthol, cayenne, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. You can combine some of these ingredients and make a homemade squirrel repellent spray. This recipe is non-toxic since it is made with natural ingredients and water. Simply combine with water into a spray bottle, and spray the pole of your feeders, or the areas that squirrels use to get to them.
► Install a Baffle
You can purchase a device called a squirrel baffle that hinders a squirrel’s ability to access a bird feeder on a pole. It is basically a dome with a hole in the center, and it is installed under the bird feeder. Squirrels have trouble climbing over the dome and accessing the bird feeder.
► Feed the Squirrels Separately
As the old saying goes, “if you can beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Set up separate squirrel feeders, away from the bird feeders, and add squirrel watching to your list of at-home landscaping pleasures. You can buy squirrel feeders and feed at any local home improvement or garden store, or online at your trusted retailer.
Where to Get Professional Squirrel Control Service in Nashville, Tennessee
Call Modern Wildlife Control at 615-336-5503 to get rid of squirrels in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding areas. As a qualified Nashville wildlife control company licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA), we strictly adhere to all industry-accepted standards and best practices, and operate within all state and federal regulations that govern wildlife. Request a free estimate or advice, today.