SquirrelGate 2010

It all started with a feeder that my mom gave me a few years ago...now we have that feeder, a suet feeder, a finch feeder, and a smaller sunflower seed feeder in the yard. I would have 100 feeders if I could afford them and the food. I love it!
But lately the squirrels have become Public Enemy #1 in our yard because they get on the small feeder, eat all the seeds, and knock it down (the feeder my mom gave me is squirrel-proof). I used to think it was so funny how mad my mom would get about the squirrels getting into her feeders (she's a huge backyard bird person), and now I'm just like her! And so is Seth :) We've been getting so mad at the squirrels lately, and have tried lots of tricks to keep them away.

First I tried spraying the feeder pole with olive oil so they'd slip down it. That worked for awhile, but I'd have to keep spraying it every day and I can't keep that up. Seth tried scaring them to death by running outside every time they got on the feeder, but again...he can't keep that up forever. So today Seth had the great idea to turn an old tennis ball can into a squirrel deterrent.
He melted a hole in the bottom of the can, then pulled it over the pole and secured it with a random metal tightening thing from our old rake. And it seemed to work...we saw a few squirrels climb halfway up and then give up once they reached the tennis ball can. High fives ensued and we thought we had won.
But no...about an hour later one of the squirrels tried again a few times and eventually made it over the can!
I swear he was smirking at us through the window.
So we went back to the garage to see what else we could rig to keep them away. Seth found an old frisbee so he put a hole in the middle and secured it above the tennis ball can.
So far so good, but I won't be surprised if they find a way to get around this too. If all else fails we can buy one of the products they sell for this very thing, but I kind of hope we don't have to...this MacGyver stuff is too much fun :)


Anonymous said...

I tried crisco. It lasted longer.

Libby said...

Crisco! That's a great idea...might have to try that if the frisbee doesn't work.

jeannieo said...

Is it me or is that squirrel massive?

Libby said...

um...he's massive. b/c he's been eating all our birdseed!