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Feed the birds, not the squirrels!

submitted by Wild Birds Unlimited

Gray squirrels are ubiquitous…and seemingly always hungry. Like most rodents, they’re opportunistic and have a fairly strong sense of smell, so if you put out seed to enjoy wild birds, chances are you have had to deal with squirrels. Keeping them away can be frustrating, even confounding.

Let’s first give them credit for how resourceful they can be to get to the seed. They have no problem hurling themselves from 15 feet up a tree to hopefully land on your tall feeders. They will stop at nothing and chew through anything to get a seeded dinner, but there are some things you can do.

The first and perhaps best solution comes down to placement. If you have an open yard, you can install a pole system (such as Wild Bird Unlimited’s Advanced Pole System ™) with a pole baffle to solve the issue with 100% success. This placement must include enough distance from trees and houses from which a squirrel could jump – more than 15 feet if possible.

This is not always practical on the average property. That’s when one might consider the Eliminator™ or Squirrel Buster™ line of feeders. On these feeders, the weight of a squirrel triggers a sliding exterior shell that closes the feeding ports and denies them access.

WBU also carries metal cages that go around tube feeders and keep the bushy-tailed rodents at bay. Small birds can access the feeders, but squirrels cannot fit through the 1.5” grates in the cage.

Finally, there are pepper-embedded seed products – birdseed coated with a liquid red pepper that the squirrels cannot tolerate. Birds, on the other hand, lack the pain receptors and are not affected by the capsaicin found in pepper.

Stop in the store and let us help you solve your squirrel problems!

PHOTO CAP: Problem solved…no more squirrels!

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