How to embrace the squirrel when you're trying to attract birds to your garden
Try some outsmarting techniquesEmbrace the squirrel. There are a number of tricks to try out on your current feeding system, that could outsmart the squirrels. Try these techniques out alongside the other tips below, to boost your chances of deterring squirrels from the bird food in your garden:
- Position your bird feeder in the middle of the garden, away from any trees or other structures, as squirrels can jump up to 10 feet outwards.
- Coat the bird feeder in a slippery substance such as vaseline, to make it more difficult for them to climb up the pole. This will need to be done quite regularly.
- If you use a hanging bird feeder from a line, try feeding the line through a piece of hose pipe or plastic tubing that will sit either side of the hanging feeder. Squirrels will have a harder time balancing on the wobbly plastic tubing.
- Dust a small amount of chilli powder onto your bird feed. Birds will happily continue to enjoy the nuts and seeds, whereas squirrels will begin to stay away as they aren’t keen on the heat of the spice.
- Place some lion manure repellant around the area that the bird feeder is located. Garden lovers all across the country use lion dung repellant as a way of deterring cats, but the smell of a predator has been found to stop squirrels in their tracks too.