Unwanted Eaters

A few months ago, Joe and I bought several bird feeders for our back deck. We hung a Hummingbird feeder and a Finch feeder from the railing and put a regular bird feeder on top. Our Hummingbird food was gone pretty quickly, even though we’ve never seen any Hummingbirds at the feeder and our Finch food has gone untouched.

Our regular bird seed, though, gets devoured, and not by birds. I look out our sliding door several times during the day and see squirrels darting across the railing, stuffing their cheeks with bird seed and dashing off. My mother-in-law had a problem with squirrels at her bird feeder too. They totally destroyed hers, but we’ve been lucky so far. Ours is still in one piece. Still, I would much rather the *birds* be eating out of the bird feeder rather than squirrels.

However, I really don’t know how to dissuade them. I may try some critter control. There is also critter ridder, which is supposed to repel squirrels yet is supposed to be organic. I wonder if it affects birds, though. Do any of you have bird feeders at your homes, and do you have problems with squirrels eating your bird seed? What do you do or use to keep them away?

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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