How to Defeat Squirrels
Some see squirrels visiting feeders as an issue. We see a solution. With the proper food, feeders and accessories, you can enjoy your birds and limit squirrel incursions.
Hot Pepper: Our exclusive WBU hot pepper foods help deter critters, saving the food for the birds. Birds love our hot pepper foods, whether they are the seed or no-melt cylinders, stackables, no-melt suet cake or Bark Butter Bits. For best results, use feeders that have a roof to prevent wet weather from diluting or washing away the hot pepper oils.
Safflower: Offer safflower; a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Most song birds eat safflower, while squirrels (and blackbirds) typically do not.
Guard Against Them: Take delight not only in seeing the finches, chickadees and other colorful birds you enjoy, but also in frustrating the squirrels, blackbirds and pigeons. With our On Guard™ cages, you control the size of bird that dines at your feeder. Cages allow small birds to go in and out to get their food but stop larger birds and animals from entering. Our cages will fit a variety of feeder styles and sizes.
Top-of-the-Line Option: The Eliminator™ allows you to stop squirrels from eating your seed. Featuring a unique, weight-sensitive technology, the feeder's seed ports are closed when a squirrel touches the perch ring. You can set the sensitivity level to also exclude large birds. It's easy to hang and holds lots of seed. It works best when used with our APS Short Extended Deck Arm.
Baffle Them: Our Advanced Pole System® (APS) Squirrel Baffle is designed to help make your bird feeding station squirrel-resistant. Made of durable, powder-coated steel, these baffles are very effective in stopping squirrels before they reach your feeders. Place the baffle on your setup so the top of the baffle is 4½' - 5' from the ground. Place your setup 10 ‘ away from other horizontal jumping points like a tree, deck or house.
It's Okay to Love Your Squirrels, Too!
They may have a reputation for making bird feeding less enjoyable, however, squirrels aren't going away any time soon. Perhaps by looking at them with a different perspective, you can begin to appreciate, if not enjoy, squirrels and their behaviors.
Typically, squirrels have a litter of three to four young in late winter and again in mid-summer. The average life expectancy of these youngsters in the wild is approximately one year, although some captive squirrels have lived up to 15 years.
Hickory nuts, pecans, black walnuts and acorns are squirrels’ favorite natural foods. As you may be aware, their favorite feeder foods are corn, peanuts and black oil sunflower seeds; their least favorite feeder food is safflower seed. Adult Squirrels can consume about one and a half pounds of seeds and nuts each week, which is roughly the equivalent of their own body weight.
A squirrel’s scalpel-sharp incisors grow about six inches per year. As with all the other members of the rodent family, squirrels must constantly gnaw on hard materials to keep them sharp, yet at a manageable size. Squirrels use their tail as a shield when fighting, as a blanket in cold weather, and sometimes as an umbrella during rain storms.
Squirrels can jump up to five feet vertically and eight feet between trees or structures. They have the ability to cling from objects with their back foot toes (with support from their tail) which allows them to hang upside-down and eat.
Squirrels have a highly elevated olfactory sense; they can smell food from great distances. This, of course, makes it easy for them to detect food that is intended for the birds.
You may see squirrels "running" away with food from the feeders. Squirrels frequently hoard food for a later time. In an hour’s time, a squirrel can collect and bury 25 nuts. Unable to remember each nut’s location, they find them again by using their highly developed sense of smell.
Stop by the shop to learn more about how you can enjoy the squirrels visiting your yard.