How to Defeat Squirrels

Some see squirrels visiting feeders as an issue. We see a solution. With the proper food, feeders and accessories, you can enjoy your birds and limit squirrel incursions. And - after all is said and done, if you're one of the people who doesn't mind feeding the squirrels - feed away! There can be joy in watching their antics too!


Hot Pepper

Our exclusive WBU hot pepper foods help deter critters, saving the food for the birds. Birds cannot taste the hot pepper difference like mammals can, which means the birds love our hot pepper foods! Whether they are the seed or no-melt cylinders, stackables, no-melt suet cakes or Bark Butter Bits, our hot pepper products are formulated to keep your birds happy and your critters at bay. For best results, use feeders that have a roof to prevent wet weather from diluting or washing away the hot pepper oils.



Offer safflower; a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Most songbirds eat safflower, while squirrels (and blackbirds) typically do not. As an added benefit, Safflower can also be a deterrent to blackbirds who don't seem to prefer this type of seed.


Guard Against Them

Take delight not only in seeing the finches, chickadees and other colorful birds you enjoy, but also in frustrating the squirrels, blackbirds and pigeons. With our On Guard™ cages, you control the size of bird that dines at your feeder. Cages allow small birds to go in and out to get their food but stop larger birds and animals from entering. Our cages will fit a variety of feeder styles and sizes.


Top-of-the-Line Option

The Eliminator™ allows you to stop squirrels from eating your seed. Featuring a unique, weight-sensitive technology, the feeder's seed ports are closed when a squirrel touches the perch ring. You can set the sensitivity level to also exclude large birds. It's easy to hang and holds lots of seed. It works best when used with our APS Short Extended Deck Arm. We also have other sizes and types of squirrel-proof feeders which work on the same weight-sensitive technology. Come browse our selection today!


Baffle Them

Our Advanced Pole System® (APS) Squirrel Baffle is designed to help make your bird feeding station squirrel-resistant. Made of durable, powder-coated steel, these baffles are very effective in stopping squirrels before they reach your feeders. Place the baffle on your setup so the top of the baffle is 4½' - 5' from the ground. Place your setup 10 ‘ away from other horizontal jumping points like a tree, deck or house. If your squirrels are reaching the feeders from above and not from below, we also have a few models of dome-shaped baffles which work to guard the feeders from this direction.