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How to keep squirrels out of my bird feeder

Most of us like to set up bird feeders as a way to enrich the appeal of our front and back yards and gardens, as well as offer shelter and food to birds visiting our estates. Keeping bird feeders is not only aesthetically appealing, but it is also a way for us to show love and kindness to birds, especially if we live in the areas in which some bird species are endangered. By placing some food in our bird feeders and keeping them clean, we are doing a humane thing to both birds and the ecosystems. But, what happens once you discover that your bird feeder became occupied by squirrels? What should you do to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders?



While looking for food and shelter, squirrels sometimes spot bird feeders as appealing places for them to eat, get warm or give birth to their litter. In this case, your bird feeders will become occupied and unavailable for birds to feed out of them, which was their true purpose. Additionally, once squirrels get accustomed to feeding in your front or back yard, it is only a matter of time before they start devastating your garden or crops, or even infest your home. For these reasons, it is important for you to know some of the ways in which you can repel squirrels from your bird feeders.

The number one way to remove squirrels from your bird feeders is to get squirrel-proof feeders. Squirrel-proof feeders are designed in a way which will not allow squirrels to climb into them. For example, some of these bird feeders are light and have a build-in door which will automatically shut in case the squirrel climbs onto it. Another way to protect your bird feeder is to use collar to prevent squirrels from climbing it.

One of the best ways to make your birdfeeders unavailable to the squirrels is to make sure they have not placed anywhere near fences or trees. If you keep your bird feeders in your yard, trim any tree branches that are too close to them and could serve as a way for a squirrel to enter your bird feeder. Also, keeping the bird feeder away from the fence will make it unavailable to squirrels to climb on and enter. Also, make sure not to use those types of foods in your feeders that are appealing to squirrels, such as nuts and some seeds.

Proper fencing is another way to protect your bird feeders from squirrel invasion. Make sure that your fence has no holes and gaps wider than two inches, nor rotten or clingy spots. Make sure to spread a short, soft, wire cloth along the bottom of your fence to keep the squirrels out. The wire cloth will not allow the squirrels to enter your home, but will not harm them either. Besides that, make sure not to plant oak and other types of trees that are appealing to squirrels, and if you have planted young trees, make sure to use the collar to prevent squirrels from using these trees to climb as well as harm them.

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