If you are having problems with squirrels eating the food out of your bird feeders, you will find these tips are very useful. Squirrel thieves are a common problem and this has been the case for a very long time.
The reason for the problem lies with the manufacturers and retailers of bird feeders. The majority of the millions of bird feeders sold nation wide are completely inadequate at providing even the basics as far as stopping squirrels from stealing the bird food from the feeder goes. I guess it may be because they would prefer you come back for a new feeder every few weeks.
The designs of these bird feeders do not deter squirrels from steeling the food, and there is no warning from the manufacturers that squirrels will not only steel the bird food, but may also even destroy the bird feeder.
The first tip is to always place your new bird feeder in a position that is far enough away from all bushes, trees and buildings as well as overhangs so that it cannot be reached by squirrels. This will prevent the squirrels from jumping directly onto your bird feeder in order to steal from it. Although this is not a bird feeder that is squirrel proof, it will help to stop the squirrels.
Due to their strength and acrobatic ability, squirrels are able to easily make a jump of 8 feet or more at any height. Since these animals are able to jump very high in a vertical direction as well, it is important to make sure that you place your new bird feeder at least six feet above the ground.
There are a few other tactics you can put into practice before you invest in a bird feeder that is completely protected from squirrels and you might like to try these immediately. Although these techniques may not always be effective they will at the very least help to discourage visiting squirrels from getting onto your bird feeder.
Moving all of your bird feeders onto a high pole mount which is situated away from all other objects that squirrels could use to launch from in order to jump onto a feeder. The next step is to fit a squirrel baffle to the pole on which your bird feeder is placed, in order to stop them from climbing the pole.
In addition to this you can add a squirrel proof attachment to the feeder to prevent squirrels from getting to the bird feed; this will depend on the type of feeder you are already using. If there isn’t one available for your bird feeder, or you can’t find one that works, you might need to consider getting a squirrel proof feeder as a final resort.
The good news is that instead of attempting to install add-ons to your existing bird feeders, buying the purpose built squirrel proof bird feeder will give you a lot more success.
Although you may feel that the extra cost of a well designed and effective squirrel proof feeder is too much of an outlay, it is important to take into account that the extra cost is justified by the more complicated design and the fact that it is able to withstand the daily squirrel attacks. The manufacturing process is of course going to be more expensive because of this.
In addition, if you are looking at the return on your investment, you will find that the amount of money you save on bird food that would have been stolen by squirrels, along with the costs of replacing feeders destroyed by squirrels, will more than make up for the extra cost of the specially designed feeder. In addition to the money saved, the time and hassle saved will be more than worth the investment.
So, before you buy a new bird feeder, consider investing in a specifically designed squirrel proof bird feeder as it is really the only way to completely guarantee that the birds will get all of the food you put out for them.