How to Keep Squirrels Off Bird Feeders

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Learn how to keep squirrels off bird feeders with using this helpful tip.

Keep squirrels off bird feeders by greasing the bird-feeder pole.

How to Keep Squirrels Off Bird Feeders

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