Friday, April 5, 2013

How To Keep Squirrels Off Your Bird Feeders

Last time we were home, Travis' parents told us their secret for keeping squirrels off their bird feeders.  When I was growing up, my grandma would grease the bird feeder poles, so the squirrels had a hard time climbing them.  I remember watching them scramble up a little ways and sliiiiiide right back down.  While it was an entertaining thing to watch, there were still a few highly skilled rascals that made it up.  This solution also required regular "greasings"...not much fun.

Terry and Jenny's solution started in their toy box.  Are you ready??  It's...a slinky.  Yep!  Check out what they did!

The solution was as simple as dangling a slinky from the top of the string or pole, so it hangs down the length.  When a squirrel grabs on to climb up, the slinky stretches and sends the squirrel right back to the ground.  No traction on the pole = no  reaching the yummy seeds!

Hope it works as well for you as it has for them!  


  1. Oh this brings back such a funny memory!!! You know those big plastic cone collars dogs get when they shouldn't lick something? Dad used to put that cone at the base of the bird feeder and we would laugh hysterically watching the squirrels bounce off the cone...good times with Dad!!

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    1. I have such a savvy mother-in-law! :) Thanks Elena!!

  3. Not to mention...watching a squirrel 'try' to climb a slinky pole would be hours of good entertainment...haha! :)

  4. Great idea! I haven't had a bird feeder up in a long time just because of the squirrels. Thanks for the tip! Reia from

  5. I just solved the squirrels, raccoon problem on my both birdfeeder poles for $2.98, I bought a pack of 3 tackles wooden stripes that are used to tack down wall to wall carpet, I place I placed the strips against the poles and used zip ties to keep them together on the pole. the strips are 4 foot long each. this solved the problem without spending a million dollars on all kinds of contraptions