LOOKOUT! The Nashville native Eastern Gray squirrel is a known bird food thief. Today we are sharing 5 helpful tips to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder.


  1. Add a Squirrel Baffle

If your bird feeder hangs from a pole or structure, purchase a squirrel baffle. These easy to install guards slip over existing feeders, allowing you to easily modify your existing setup. The design snaps on the top of your feeder, and prevents even the most persistent squirrel from your feed.


  1. Utilize an Aluminum Duct

Squirrel Wars: Backyard Wildlife Battles & How To Win Them, offers a helpful tip from Larry Jenkins, a resident of Saint Louis. He suggests utilizing a length of aluminum duct under the feeder. “The squirrels go up the post and into the duct, but no further.”


  1. Purchase a Squirrel-Proof Feeder

Wanting an all-inclusive solution? A squirrel-proof feeder may be a great investment to ensure your feed goes to the birds. These feeders are designed to only allow lightweight birds to feed.


  1. Switch the Seed

Another great tool bird lovers can utilize is a switch in seed. Common bird feeders are filled with sunflowers seeds. Make a simple switch to safflower seeds – popular among house finches, chickadees, doves, and cardinals.


  1. Give Them a Break

Tired of the battle against your backyard squirrels? Give them a break and offer them their own food supply. By providing a squirrel friendly feeder away from your bird food may be your best solution.


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