The Scram, Squirrel by Slinky serves as an effective squirrel deterrent when placed around bird feeder poles.
The best way to keep squirrels and raccoons off feeders is to use a pole or shepherds hook with pole baffles installed or hanging baffles installed above the feeder. We DO NOT recommend adding grease, oil or petroleum jelly to a pole or hanger to make it too slippery for squirrels and raccoons to climb.
It is not difficult to keep squirrels off of bird feeders. The misconception that squirrels are devious, unstoppable creatures arises when novice squirrel-blockers overlook the basic squirrel capabilities: they can jump 8–10 feet and they can climb thin things (branches, poles, and wires).
Squirrels hate the smell of certain spices, such as garlic, onions, peppermint, cinnamon, lemongrass, and clove. You can use these to make sprays by mixing the ground spice with water, allowing it to cool, and putting the blend into a spray bottle. You can also use essential oils with these scents.
Squirrels can be one of the trickiest garden pests to deal with. They chomp on flower bulbs and other leaves, dig up your favorite plants, and otherwise love to wreck your garden. Protect it by grating some Irish Spring soap around your plants. Squirrels can’t stand the smell of it and will stay away.
As it turns out, squirrels hate coffee grounds! It’s the smell they dislike, and for this reason, using coffee grounds (especially those with a strong odor) can be useful for deterring squirrels from your yard.
Tangy and sweet smells can help deter squirrels, as they aren’t fond of these. Scents of white pepper and garlic powder are also used to repel squirrels. Rodents are also repulsed by the scent of pepper. Spray growing crops with water and put on some pepper seasoning to keep squirrels from knocking them down.
If you have a Slinky from your childhood laying somewhere around your house, you’re in luck. If not, you can buy the original Slinky for about $2.99. Just hook the metal spring around the pole of your bird feeder and attach it to the very top. Gravity should pull the spring down, and that’s all you need to do.
Lighthouse Shaped Peanut Feeder
This lighthouse shaped bird feeder holds a large amount of shelled peanuts, so there will be plenty to go around for the woodpeckers, nuthatches and blue jays. The durable metal mesh will deter squirrels from chewing on it.
Lubricate Your Pole And Feeder To Protect From Squirrels
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.
Squirrels have a strong sense of smell, which they use food sources and shelter. You can repel squirrels using scents they hate such as, capsaicin, white vinegar, peppermint oil, coffee grounds, cinnamon, predator urine, garlic, dryer sheets, Irish Spring Soap, and rosemary.
Using Cayenne Pepper in bird seed is not harmful to birds at all. People use it in their bird seed feeders to deter squirrels and other rodent pests. This is something recommended by the RSPB.
Unlike other squirrel deterrents that allow squirrels to get close to the feeders, PVC pipes can be fashioned to prevent the squirrels from reaching the bird feeder in the first place. PVC pipes are also less expensive than buying special bird feeders designed to deter squirrels.
Can squirrels climb PVC pipe? No, they cannot, especially when it’s wide enough. When you cover your bird feeder’s pole with PVC pipe, it creates a slippery surface that ensures that the squirrels can’t climb up because they can’t grip it easily like a tree.
The pungent smell of pure apple cider vinegar repels the squirrels. ACV is readily available and can be sprayed directly on the plants and flower pots without harming them. Spray it as often as needed to keep the little creatures at bay.
Peppermint plants, peppermint oil, candy canes, dinner mints…the mere scent of any of these will fluster the squirrels enough for them to stay away.
To make a spray: mix 10-15 drops of peppermint oil within 1 cup of water. For every cup of water, add another 10-15 drops. You can also use an equal ratio of peppermint oil to white vinegar to make a spray – squirrels also hate the smell of white vinegar.
Grease: Adding grease or oil to a pole or hanger to make it too slippery for squirrels to climb is not only largely ineffective, but it can coat the animals’ fur as well as birds’ feathers. This can cause illness and vulnerability to predators just as much as an oil spill or any similar contamination.
Spikes. Anti-bird spikes also work well at discouraging squirrels. Put spikes on the poles that support power lines or other cables going to your home. They also have a good track record when used along the top of fences where squirrels like to run back-and-forth and gain access to your home.
The Flipper is a battery-powered squirrel-proof bird feeder made by Droll Yankees. It keeps squirrels away by spinning when the feeder detects the weight of the squirrel on the feeding perch. The bird feeder tube is 21 inches long with feeding ports at the bottom.