How Do I Keep Squirrels Out Of My Bird Feeder

'How do I keep squirrels out of my bird feeder?' Have you ever asked this question? Well here are the answers that you have been searching for.

Squirrels are a big problem for many people who own bird feeders. Squirrels will eat a large amount of expensive seed intended for birds. They are also capable of gnawing apart and destroying expensive bird feeders. Birds are often chased away by these ravenous, destructive squirrels. When they claim your feeder as their territory, it is hard to get rid of them. They will take up residence close to their feeding territory, and they will soon have babies at your feeder as well.

According to the website "Better Lawns", the article entitled "Squirrel Chasers" suggests using a mixture of garlic and dried blood around areas of your yard that may attract squirrels. Dried blood may be purchased in lawn and garden stores. It also suggests making a squirrel repellent by soaking several hot peppers in a quart of boiling water overnight. Add mild dish soap to the pepper water and use this mixture as a spray on garden plants. These mixtures should not be used in or around bird feeders, but making your yard and garden unpleasant for squirrels may help discourage them from making your yard and bird feeder part of their territory. There are also commercial repellents available. Ask about them at your local garden center.

There are many bird feeders available that claim to be squirrel proof. Some work and some do not. Avoid hanging your feeders in or near trees. Squirrels can jump a long distance, and they will have easier access to your feeder if it is near a tree. Platform feeders are an open ivitation for squirrels to stop in for a meal. Tube style feeders are harder for squirrels to access, and they are in many cases the best option.

Live traps can be an effective way to rid your yard and bird feeders of destructive squirrels. The animals can safely be transported to wooded areas away from your home. Remember to use extreme caution if you plan on using live traps. Squirrels or any other trapped animal will bite out of fear. There are professionals that trap problem animals and move them to other locations.

Do not use poisons to keep squirrels out of your yard. Besides causing a slow and painful death for squirrels, children, domestic animals, birds, and other innocent creatures may ingest them. Poisons can also damage the environment.

If all else fails, provide a squirrel feeder that is located away from your bird feeders. Providing some of their favorites like dried corn, and peanuts in their natural form, may help keep squirrels from dining in your bird feeders.

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