It’s the bane of bird feeder ownership. An inevitable result of dangling delicious food from a branch out in the open for all to see. Without fail, the squirrels will come. They’ll set up residence nearby and treat your feeder like their own personal pantry. And then they’ll wag their little tails and chuckle in glee as they watch you helplessly fume from inside the window.
Sure, there are feeders that claim to close off when squirrels climb on them. I have those. The squirrels have figured out how to beat that system by essentially shaking the feeder from above and knocking seed all over the ground. Sure, there are hot pepper oils that you can spread on your seeds that birds are fine with but squirrels apparently aren’t. I bought those oils, and after getting some in my eye while mixing seed and oil, I watched (through tears) as the squirrels dug in to the hot peppery seeds with seemingly larger than normal appetites. I’ve tried all the methods – keeping the local bird shop in business along the way- and I’m tired of repeatedly getting flipped off by these darn squirrels.
So I thought I was super smart when I thought about greasing the pole they normally climb up to ravage my suet feeder. I couldn’t wait to watch those greedy little punks leap up, only to slide back down in pathetic defeat. All I had lying around the house was some Body Glide (this comes in handy for long bike rides… use your imagination from there), but I figured it would do the trick.
With a fully greased pole, I sat inside and waited. And waited. That afternoon, they decided they were content to scavenge around below – my sweet revenge would not come that day. And then the next day I came out to find a completely empty suet feeder. Total fail. And to rub salt in my wounds, after switching out the empty suet feeder for a bird feeder, this afternoon I had the pleasure of witnessing this…
Apparently squirrels have evolved to withstand Body Glide. And are back to work, nimbly shaking seed out of the feeder. Next attempt: vaseline.