By the comments left on BFG I know some of you are battling with squirrels in your birdfeeder and gardens. The one good thing about growing on the roof is that I am away from all pests and rodents so no squirrel chasing for me, but don’t worry, I’m still here to help!
When I saw this book “Outwitting Squirrels” I knew it would be a perfect topic on BFG. Also, how great is the cover of the book? Kinda hard to hate on a squirrel when they seem so dapper, isn’t it? Outwitting Squirrels offers 101 Cunning Stratagems to take down those dastardly backyard dwellers once and for all—from the practical: an advanced rating system of which squirrel-proof feeder to buy, to the facetious: “Dig a moat around your feeder and fill it with piranha.” And just in case you start getting pulled to the dark side, Adler provides a helpful chapter on “What to Do if You Think Squirrels Are Cute.” I’m totally guilty of trying to get squirrels to come to our garden as a kid because I’m a animal lover and my dad is totally guilty for yelling at me when the squirrels would steal from the birdfeeder.
Bill Adler, the author, was kind enough to write out some tips for you guys, so let’s take a look at them!
Top tips for keeping pesky squirrels out of your bird feeder this spring:
1. Get your neighbor a birdfeeder. Seriously. Chance are that your neighbor won’t be as good as you at outwitting squirrels, and your neighborhood squirrels will choose the easiest feeder to attack — your neighbor’s.
2. If you can’t encourage your neighbor to feed squirrels, um birds, then put out a second feeder with nuts. Make it easy for squirrels to get to, and chances are that they will leave your birdfeeder alone.
3. Volunteer to care for a friend’s dog. Let it hang out in your yard. I guarantee that no squirrels will be at your feeder while that dog is around.
4. Consider setting up a temporary office, rest area, play space near your birdfeeder. While squirrels can get accustomed to humans and lose their fear of us, they generally only do that when we feed them.
5. If your feeder hangs from a tree limb, use a thinner string so that the feeder sways more. The more your feeder moves, the more difficult it is for the squirrels.
6. If you use a dome covered feeder, replace the dome every now and then. As the dome become scratched from squirrels trying to penetrate it, it becomes easier for them to hang on to.
7. I like the feeders that have weighted doors — the kind where a squirrel’s weight shuts the door. Squirrels can work in teams to get into those feeders, but it’s not easy for them.
8. Use a smaller feeder. Some squirrels feel safe when they are inside a feeder and the smaller the feeder, the less of a chance they have of feeling that needed security.
9. Put some balloons around the feeder in places where squirrels must pass. Not only are balloons a good barrier, but when the pop, squirrels are guaranteed to run away.
10. Cats. Lots of cats. You’ll need a few because of the tendency of cats to take naps. Several cats guarantees that one will always be on duty.
Tell me, do you have to deal with squirrels? Do you have any horror stories of them in your yard or garden?
If you’d like a book that will make you chuckle while helping you in the process then check out Outwitting Squirrels. Reviews are calling it “A masterpiece on squirrel strategy.” so check it out! It also has great comparison charts reviewing birdfeeders, so double check it out!