Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:45
Don't bother with chilli, pepper, onion, soap, chicken wire that allows a squirrel head to get through, feeders with slides that go over the seed feeder - they learn to hold those up, they can and will get into everything!! Any hole a bird can get through, so can a squirrel. We moved here 18 years ago, since when I have been fighting the squirrels. All my bulb pots are covered with holly, berberis, wire etc., they have still dug out some of the bulbs. They get through up to a kilo of bird seed a day if I put it out - believe me, I've tried the lot. I've had free gifts from the sellers of squirrel proof feeders when I've sent them pictures of the creatures inside their feeders, or happily eating from them. At this point it is squirrels 1, me 0 - but I expect I shall go on fighting the good fight! I love feeding the birds, but have as yet found no way to stop the squirrels. There were 5 very fat ones on the grass the other day, I guess my bulbs that I hoped to naturalise won't stand a chance. I do have two tulip boxes under wire and prickly plants that they've not opened yet, but it has not been that cold so I think they're not that hungry yet.