Country Lore: A Slick Solution for Bird-food Thieves

To discourage squirrels, grease the bird-feeder pole.
October/November 2008

For years I have heard about various deterrents to keep squirrels and raccoons out of bird feeders. Recently, I was fighting off both determined critters when I hit on a solution: Grease the pole!

I used axle grease because it was handy, but you could coat the pole with used motor oil. Now the sunflower seeds and thistle are just for the birds.

Eve Otto
Woodstock, New York