How To Keep Squirrels Away from Your Birdseed
"Squirrels are eating all my birdseed. How do I make them stop?"
To attract a variety of birds, you need to put up many types of feeders and stock them with various seeds, fruits and nectar. Squirrels like free food too. They will find a way to get at the seeds in your feeders -- even if you think you have outsmarted them!
Some people give up and put out ears of corn for the squirrels in an effort to keep them from eating the more expensive sunflower seeds in their hanging tube feeders. About the best you can do is to hang your seed feeder well away from the trunk of the tree. You also need a large Plexiglas dome over the top of the feeder. If the squirrel can't jump up to reach your feeder and he can't jump out, then the only way is down. When they reach the dome, they slip off. Having said this, you may as well sit down and watch the show because they will try and try again -- and they WILL succeed!
Some feeders have a mechanism that closes when anything heavier than a bird lands on it to eat. When it is closed, nothing can get at the seeds. This might work.
Other Questions and Answers:
- I found a baby bird. What should I do?
- I found an injured bird. What should I do?
- Birds crash into my plate glass window. How do I prevent this?
- Woodpeckers are banging on my house. How do I make them stop!
- When should I take down my hummingbird feeder? How much sugar should I add to the water? Should I add red dye to the water?
- How long do birds live?
- Where Do Birds Go During Hurricanes?
- Are Birds Dinosaurs?