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Making A Squirrel Deterrent Birdfeeder For Spring

Springtime is the season when everything comes alive. Unfortunately for many homeowners who have yards, lawns, and gardens, this also means wildlife and rodents become more active and start causing different problems and infestations. If you have one or more birdfeeders in your yard, you’ve probably had bad experiences with squirrels stealing birdseed and scaring away winged visitors. One way to battle these furry critters in the spring is to make your birdfeeder(s) squirrel-proof. Various squirrel deterrents can be used in these situations, so keep reading to learn what you can do.

Ways To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Birdfeeders 


The typical design of birdfeeders makes it ideal for squirrels to access them and gorge on the birdseed left there for birds. Among many ways you can squirrel-proof them are some of the following:

  • Consider the placement of the birdfeeder
  • Use a squirrel baffle
  • Lure squirrels away from the birdfeeder

Red squirrels gathered around the base of a bird feeder to collect seed for winter

Consider Placing The Birdfeeder At A Specific Location 


While it doesn’t involve using a squirrel deterrent per se, there is a clever way to place the birdfeeder in such a position where it cannot be reached by squirrels. Simply slip the feeder onto a long wire and hang it between two trees. However, make sure to hang it away from low branches. Hopefully, squirrels will be unable to reach the birdfeeder hung between the trees and will stop visiting your property altogether.

Try Using A Squirrel Baffle 


Using a squirrel baffle is a good idea if your birdfeeder is placed on a pole and you are pestered by squirrels appearing to steal the seeds. A squirrel baffle is a form of squirrel deterrent available for purchase in most pet stores. It is a simple, plastic dome that is attached under the feeder. Because of its design, it curves downward and away from the feeder, thus providing a barrier against squirrels that are climbing up the pole. One thing to keep in mind when installing the baffle is to ensure it is high enough to prevent the squirrels from jumping past it.

Lure Squirrels Away From The Birdfeeder 


Though not so much a squirrel deterrent, there is also a simple way to at least lure the squirrels away from the birdfeeder. This is ideal for homeowners who are desperate to keep squirrels out of their bird feeders and involves setting up a small feeding area on the ground. If considering this, remember that it is crucial to place the feeding area at a good distance away from your feeders. This should keep the pests occupied and let the birds feed in peace, even though you will have to sacrifice some bird seed occasionally.

Accumulations of bird seed are open invitation to rodents like squirrels, mice and rats

Squirrel Removal Professionals For Your Property: Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control 


If all else fails, you could be left with only one option: removing the squirrels from your property entirely. While DIY methods of keeping squirrels away from your bird feeders can be effective, the only way to ensure birds can eat in peace on your property is to remove squirrels and other wildlife that may be bothering them. This is where professional squirrel removal services come in; something that Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control does best. With nearly three decades of experience in removing pests from homes, rest assured that Skedaddle is the company to call if you are plagued by squirrel pests. Contact Skedaddle today and ensure that the birds on your property are able to feed in peace.

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