Trapping is the surest way to remove problem critters. Live traps are very effective in trapping a particularly pesky squirrel or chipmunk. However, don't expect to control a whole population of these furry friends with trapping. There's always more where they came from. For more information, read Animal Trapping Techniques.
Try mixing the seeds with a hot pepper powder, making the seed itself squirrel-proof! Made from capsaicin, the spicy part of hot peppers, Squirrel Prevent makes birdseed too spicy for mammals to handle, yet is completely tasteless to birds. In fact, it's an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Try mounting the feeder on PVC pipe, which is to slick for squirrels to climb. To increase the level of protection, run the pole through the center of a Slinky and secure it at the top of the pole, letting the lower end hang. Squirrels will try to climb the Slinky, and their weight will pull them down.
Squirrels love sunflower seeds--but not safflower seeds. Try making the switch.
If you can't beat 'em, feed 'em. Distract the squirrels by providing their own feeding area with dried corncobs.
Try this tip from Sharen in Elyria, Ohio, who found a solution for keeping squirrels out of the suet:
The squirrels got so they were pretty
predictable and came around the same time each day. Even
putting my dogs out to chase them off failed. They just
waiting and returned, especially to the suet. I don't know
exactly where, but I had read that squirrels do not like the
red hot pepper suet. So, I bought one and put it out.
The first few times, the squirrels were angry. How did I
know? They were knocking over one particular plant that sat
on the deck. This happened repeatedly to the same plant, so I knew it was a reaction to the
red-hot pepper suet. Now, when I am home, I put out
the regular suet because I have found that the majority of
the birds prefer the this
over the other. Then, when I'm not home, I will replace it
with the one the squirrels don't like. This way, we are
able to continue feeding the birds, yet keep the pesky
little guys away.
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