I like to keep bird feeders outside my windows. The birds are entertaining, and have benefits in ecological gardening, and I just like them.
I am not so fond of squirrels. They scare away the birds, they empty the feeder onto the ground, where birds are subject to cat predation, they dig holes through mulch, allowing weeds to grow, they eat large amounts of the bird seed. Im not opposed to their existence - squirrels also have an ecological role. I just want to keep them out of my bird feeders.
I've discovered that squirrels can jump over 6 feet from nearby structures and trees, into bird feeders. I've even seen them climb up the siding on the house, to access the feeder.
Do I add cayenne pepper
to the feed? Do squirrel-repellent feeders
actually work? Do I put up a squirrel feeder elsewhere?
Does anything work for these "living trolls of the garden"?