10 Favorite Attempts at Preventing Squirrels from Reaching Bird Feeders
Are squirrels cramping your style? Check out the extreme measures people take to keep squirrels away from bird feeders.
Copper and Glass
This DIY bird feeder is squirrel proof thanks to copper and glass! While birds can enter to get to the bird seed, the contraption prevents squirrel entry. Check out this sure-fire method to prevent squirrels from digging in your potted plants.
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Cayenne Pepper and Petroleum Jelly
Ready to spice things up? This YouTuber combined cayenne pepper (which squirrels dislike) with slippery petroleum jelly. One YouTube user commented that you can simply add 1/4 cup of powdered cayenne to 10 pounds of bird seed to keep the squirrels away. Because birds don’t have capsaicin (an active component of chili peppers) receptors they won’t mind the taste. Check out nine other natural remedies for pest control.
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This YouTuber had great success keeping squirrels off of her bird feeder using a plastic slinky. As shown in the video, the squirrel climbs up only to be sent hilariously back to the ground by the kid’s toy! Once the squirrels have left, try adding one of these 16 seriously cool birdhouses to your yard.
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“In the battle to keep squirrels out of my bird feeder, I finally won,” says YouTube user Robert Cox. “Tools used were the Yankee Flipper bird feeder, a tree, and some aluminum flashing secured with camo straps (very important).” This squirrel feeder provides an unusually clear view of the squirrels that frequent it, because the bold critters actually climb inside the jar to eat!
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Empty Soda Bottles and 1/8-Inch Nylon-Wrapped Cable
Using empty soda bottles and 1/8-inch nylon-wrapped cable, this YouTuber was able to fend off squirrels from his bird feeder. He drilled holes slightly larger than 1/8 inch in the cap and bottom of the bottles. The bottles spin well, keeping the squirrels from winning. Fall’s the time when rodents start looking for a warm place to stay during the winter, see what you can do to keep them out of warm places around your home.
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Hanging Upside-Down Trash Can Lid
This YouTuber originally had the trash can lid in the opposite direction, but the squirrels were able to slide down the incline of the lid and flip themselves over to grab the bottom edge with their back feet, hanging and swinging over to the bird feeder’s chain. But upside-down is the answer! You’ll be amazed at these 50 ordinary items that can do extraordinary things.
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Flexible Vinyl, Wood, Screen and Fishing Line
This YouTube user hung a fishing line from his pergola to properly place his bird feeder out of the reach of squirrels. To keep seeds from falling to the ground, he made a catch-all using flexible vinyl, screen material and wood! While you’re trying to keep squirrels away, check out how to keep the crows away, too.
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A stove pipe is a major deterrent if squirrels are climbing up your bird feeder pole. This YouTuber attached a furnace pipe halfway up the pole, then made sure the top of the pipe was blocked off. The squirrels crawl up, bonk their heads and run away! Check out these 15 pest control horror stories that will make you squirm.
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Shortening and Dried Hot Peppers
YouTube user KLisaLisa used the combo of shortening and dried hot peppers to deter squirrels from stealing her bird feed. She made the ingredients into a paste and applied to the pole. The squirrels slide down when trying to climb, and get even more thrown off when trying to lick off the shortening! Check out these humane pest control options for critter-proofing your gardens and planters.
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Get inspired to DIY your own preventative contraption for keeping squirrels off your bird feeder with this pivoting design. It uses the squirrel’s weight to block access to the seed. Take a look at these insane pest control ideas.
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