Vine House Farm - Deterring Squirrels
Keeping Squirrels out of your garden
It is of course grey squirrels we are talking about here – if you’re lucky enough to have red squirrels coming to your garden then the last thing you’d want to do is deter them. The grey squirrel, however, is not a native species to the UK, and despite its huge population, wide distribution across our shores and arguably attractive looks, it is not welcome in most gardens. Some people do feed and therefore encourage them, but this is not something we recommend: Grey squirrels will kill and eat young birds in their nests, do huge damage to trees and other vegetation, and even find their way into lofts where they can do untold damage.
In truth though, deterring squirrels from gardens is a problem which few people manage to fully overcome. Not only can squirrels jump great distances, but they also have the uncanny ability to figure out how to overcome almost any obstacle put in their way. That said, keeping them off the actual bird food – provided it is in a feeder – is possible and can be achieved using our range of Squirrel Resistant Feeders.
So these are the main measures you can take to minimise the impact of squirrels on and around your bird feeding area:
Create a gap between feeders and places squirrels can jump from
Ensure there is at least an eight foot gap from vegetation and trees to feeders – this distance is more than squirrels can jump. This will of course mean not hanging feeders from branches, but instead from a Feeding Station.
Deter squirrels climbing up Feeding Stations and Bird Feeder Poles
There are two main ways you can achieve this (though the determined squirrel may still get around both):
Don’t use plastic feeders
A squirrel will quickly chew through a plastic feeder (as pictured) so only ever use metal feeders if squirrels come into your garden. Better still, use squirrel resistant and squirrel proof feeders…
Use squirrel resistant and squirrel proof feeders
We have a very large range of squirrel resistant and squirrel proof feeders. Some have a cage around them to keep the squirrels off the actual feeder, where as the Squirrel Buster feeder will close its ports when the weight of the animal is on it. Lucy demonstrates some of our exclusion feeders in this video.
Use chilli powder to deter squirrels
Try adding chilli power to bird food. Birds will not be bothered by the chilli, but squirrels cannot put up with the burning sensation, and will leave the food alone.