How To Prevent Squirrels at Your Feeders
Prevent Squirrels at Your Feeders
There are many ways to keep squirrels from eating all of your bird food.
The Right Food - Safflower
Safflower is a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Many of your favorite birds, including jays, cardinals, chickadees, House Finches, doves, titmice and nuthatches, readily eat safflower, but squirrels typcially do not.
Try an On-Guard™ wire mesh cage around your existing feeders. Our On-Guard solutions are designed to allow smaller birds access but prevent squirrels (and larger birds) from reaching the food in a feeder.
Place your bird feeding setup at least 10' away from any tree or building. This keeps squirrels from jumping on top of, or onto, your feeders.
Try a pole baffle on your bird feeding setup to prevent squirrels from reaching your feeders from below. Mount the baffle 5' from the ground. You can also use a hanging baffle with your feeder tucked below it to deter squirrels from reaching your feeders from above.
We offer a variety of feeders that help you feed the birds, not squirrels.
The Eliminator™ and Fundamentals Squirrel-proof Feeders are weight-sensitive and will close off access to the food when heavier visitors sit on a perch.
Hot Pepper products are another solution to feed the birds and not the squirrels. Birds do not have enough taste buds to sense spicy flavors but mammals, like squirrels, do and they don't like the sensation.