Stop Squirrels eating your bird food
How do I prevent the Squirrels from eating all the bird food
and making a mess on the lawn? - that has got to be the most asked question we get.
There are lots of ways you can stop Squirrels from eating your wild bird food
. Some are even quite entertaining.
To get the worst out of the way first, you can use a cage trap, this is the sort where you place a food source (Peanut butter) inside the trap and when the Squirrel sets off a trip, the cage door springs closed and the Squirrel is left inside the cage, perfectly harmless to the Squirrel as long as you inspect the trap at least twice a day. As soon as you have the Squirrel in the trap you can remove him from your garden and take him to the nearest wood.
The Squirrel Slinky
is a more fun way of Squirrel prevention. The Slinky is a spring device which sits over the outer of your pole on your bird feeding station. The pole has to be 25mm diameter (most are) and it is easy to fit with no tools required. Slide a rubber ring over the pole and then the slinky will sit on the pole, as soon as the Squirrel jumps on the Slinky slides down the pole and the Squirrel jumps off - toot sweet!
Moving further up the bird feeding station pole. A Squirrel dome or Squirrel guard tray are very effective, especially when used in conjunction with the Squirrel Slinky. It is up to individual taste as to which of the dome or tray you prefer. The Squirrel proof dome tends to get covered in droppings but is easy to clean in-situ. The squirrel proof seed tray is better for catching waste seeds, but is more difficult to clean as you have to remove it from the bird feeding station pole each time.
Next in line are the squirrel proof feeders, lots to chose from, traditional cage feeders and more modern spring loaded squirrel proof feeders. Both work well, the Squirrel Buster range of spring tension feeders are more accurate and can prevent larger birds from accessing the seed too.
Then there is the Squirrel 'tilt 'n spin' a device that sits on top of your feeder and when the Squirrel jumps on it spins and tilts until the Squirrel is thrown off - great fun!!