Nature lovers, birdwatchers and gardeners alike love to install bird feeders to try to catch a glimpse of rare and endangered species, but what do you do when your feeder starts to attract the wrong type of attention? Rodents such as squirrels will try to take advantage of easy food, so you may need to take extra steps to ensure the seeds and nuts you lovingly put out land in the right hands… or should we say beaks?
Consider The Feeders Location
Squirrels are athletic beings and have been known to jump up to 10 feet horizontally. When placing your bird feeder, consider all of the angles that squirrels can come from – pay extra attention to tall trees, fences, and other poles such as streetlights. We know it’s not always possible to keep such a vast distance, especially if your garden is smaller, so luckily we have a few more tips up our sleeve.
Purchase A Squirrel Proof Feeder
There are feeders available on the market that are shaped like bird cages, which essentially act as protection for both the birds and their food. Whilst these cages are effective, they can be expensive, and also limit the size of birds that can access the feed.
Invest In A Baffle to Protect Your Bird Feeder
If changing the feeder’s location is off the cards, there are many contraptions that can hinder a squirrel’s progress. Ranging from £10 – £40, baffles are small guards that can be attached to poles or feeders that make it extra difficult for squirrels to climb to reach the feed. Baffles also help to secure the feeder in bad weather and catch any falling seeds or nuts so they don’t land on the ground to attract any other unwanted pests. However, it is still possible for a squirrel to climb these guards, they are only a hindrance, not a barrier!
Lubricate Your Pole And Feeder To Protect From Squirrels
On the vast and expansive list of things that WD-40® can help with, we bet you didn’t expect this! To stop squirrels climbing and perching on your feeder for good, a simple trip to the shed might be your saviour! It’s time to grab your trusty blue and red can of WD-40® Multi-Use Product.
This high-performance lubricant will make the surface too slippery for squirrels and other pests to climb, so they will have no choice but to stay away. Simply shake the can well and coat all external surfaces of the feeder and pole. Ensure that you do not get any product onto the actual bird feed or internal areas of the feeder. For best results, repeat this process once a month.
So, there you have it! Pest free bird feeders for all of the family to watch and enjoy. All you need to do is add the feed! We hope this article was useful. If you are looking for other ways to use WD-40 in the garden our blog has plenty of tips! You can enjoy watching birds use your squirrel proof bird feeders from the comfort of your protected plastic outdoor furniture thanks to WD-40®, you can even learn how to carry out lawn mower maintenance to keep your whole garden in great shape over summer!