How to Keep Squirrels out of Bird Feeders?

There’s no doubt that squirrels are incredibly hungry! These pesky little creatures will do everything in their power to steal food that you have put out for your birds. While squirrels can be quite cute, especially when they’re eating or asking you for a delicious snack, here are some tips and tricks that can help you keep the squirrels away from the bird feeders.

One of the best ways to keep the squirrels out of your bird feeders is to purchase a sturdy squirrel-proof bird feeder. These are specifically built to resist the squirrels’ teeth. If you don’t have a squirrel-proof bird feeder, don’t worry! You can purchase a baffle to attach to your feeder to further reinforce the structure. If you’re currently in the market looking for bird feeders, I would recommend the squirrel-proof bird feeders by Brome or Droll Yankees because the weighted perches close off the feeder ports for the squirrels whenever they land on it. If you’re looking for specific feeders that I use, I recommend the Squirrel Buster Finch Feeder from Brome or the Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper. These are excellent feeders because of their weight sensitivity. Squirrels can’t access the birds’ seeds because their weight closes off the feeder ports while allowing the birds to feed happily! Squirrel-proof bird feeders are also effective and safe and won’t harm the squirrels – just slightly annoy them. Check out this guide for the top 8 best squirrel proof bird feeders on the market and extra tips and tricks on how to prevent squirrels from stealing all of the bird seeds. While the occasional friendly little squirrel isn’t too much of an annoyance to you and your birds, having too many squirrels take control over your garden isn’t particularly fun.


Sure, squirrels are extremely cute and kinda fun to watch running about in your backyard, but these little rodents can become a nuisance. It’s important to employ tactics that are safe and won’t harm the furry friends. In addition to using a squirrel-proof bird feeder, you may want to think of investing in a pole that’s specifically designed to prevent squirrels from climbing up. For instance, squirrel stopper pole or baffles make an excellent combination and provide additional protection against the hungry squirrels. You can further squirrel-proof your bird feeder pole by attaching a baffle like this one by Woodlink. If a squirrel tries to climb on the baffle, they will simply slide off. There are 2 types of baffle styles and both are equally effective at preventing squirrels from climbing up your pole. Since baffles are attached below the bird feeder, it’s hard for squirrels to get around the baffle and eat the bird seeds. Keep in mind that squirrels can just extremely high, so make sure to attach the squirrel baffle at a good height that’s high enough so the squirrels can’t jump over. I would recommend installing it at least five feet above the ground.

how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders

Another way to keep your bird feeders away from squirrels is to place your bird feeders strategically around your garden. Squirrels have the ability to jump as far as 10 feet horizontally so make sure to find an area that’s at least 10 feet away from any obstacles like trees, branches, backyards, power lines, decks, or windows.

You can fill up your feeders with specific foods that are not liked by squirrels. Although, there are many foods that squirrels go crazy for like nuts, sunflower seeds, corn, peanuts, and fruits. But, you can fill up your feeder with seeds that will attach birds and prevent squirrels from eating from your feeder. For example, safflower seeds are loved by cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and other finches love this delicious and nutritious snack. Also, squirrels won’t touch nyjer seeds either. You can also sprinkle hot peppers around your garden. The heat will deter squirrels from eating the peppers but the heat won’t affect the birds, so they can enjoy it without causing any harm or negative health consequence. I recommend adding 1/4 cup of powdered cayenne to 10 pounds of bird seeds to keep the squirrels at bay. Again, this will only annoy the squirrels and because birds don’t have capsaicin, they can handle the heat!

I also suggest keeping a separate squirrel feeder for your squirrel friends. By keeping a separate squirrel feeding area, the squirrels won’t try to steal all of your birds’ delicious and healthy food. Plus, you’ll be keeping the squirrels happy. Keep your squirrel feeder on the ground and fill it up with inexpensive treats like peanuts, corn, and sunflower seeds.

Be careful though! You don’t want to hurt the squirrels. Avoid all substances and types of equipment that can hurt the squirrels. You want to avoid things like poison, which can be ingested by squirrels and your pets. When you put your squirrel feeders on a pole, you don’t want to put any glue, petroleum jelly, and grease on your pole because it can stick on their fur and they can get really sick. Squirrels shouldn’t be harmed, they’re kinda cute and playful! Once you set up a separate feeding station for your squirrels to keep them happy and playing around in your garden.

Other things you can do to keep the squirrels away is to keep the area clean around the feeders and pick up any spilled seeds from the ground that could attract squirrels and lead to a gross and body backyard. This way, you can make sure that the birds don’t end up eating contaminated, old, and rotten seeds that are not healthy and poisonous.

If you’re interested in getting more tips and tricks for keeping your squirrels out of your bird feeders, I recommend checking out this video below.

how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders

If you want a fun and inexpensive way to prevent squirrels from climbing up your poles and your bird feeders, use a slinky! All you need to do is attach the slinky to the top of the bird feeder pole and letting it hang to the ground. The Slinky will prevent the squirrels from jumping and climbing the pole by bringing them all the way down to the ground. This method makes it quite entertaining for you to watch and challenges the squirrels to exercise.

All of these tips and tricks mentioned in this article work one way or the other. You can use a few of them or all of them for your backyard! Just make sure to be as humanly as friendly to the squirrels, you don’t want to leave them out of the feast! As I suggested before, setting up a separate camp for your squirrels is a great way to make friends with them! Not only will the squirrels and birds be happy, but you will also be keeping yourself busy and entertained watching the little animals play around in your backyard!

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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