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Old 12-31-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Squirrel repellent?

We have a bird feeder hanging in a tree off the back deck. It is a little red house that holds seeds and two cages on the ends that hold suet bricks. The squirrels have figured out how to climb onto the thing and eat themselves fat. Naturally, the birds disappear when the tree rats appear. DW wants to see the birds, not the squirrels. She has used a number of things to discourage the squirrels including super-soaker water gun, but they still come back.

Somewhere (here?) I read that birds cannot taste cayenne pepper. that was confirmed in a Wikipedia article: Capsaicin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We bought some cayenne pepper powder in bulk and I rubbed it on the suet bricks and poured it over the seeds on the ledge. DW bought a rubber catchup bottle, cut back the tip and filled it with pepper for the purpose. Beware! If you squeeze the bottle when you pick it up, enough dust will be puffed out to make you sneeze.

The past couple of days now, the birds are happily eating at the feeder (confirming that they don't taste the pepper). The squirrels jump on the feeder, taste the stuff, then leave. So, they do not seem to like cayenne pepper.

I think we have found a solution.
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Old 12-31-2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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This works, no kidding, have seen squirrels frustrated while birds feed in front of them

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One squirrel kept looking around and into the window convinced that someone was playing a trick on him. I got tired of having bird feeders trashed by the squirrels. They are so agile, we call them Cirque de Soleil squirrels, they can climb and hang on anything. Its not that we don't like them, DW will leave dried corn cobbs for them in a different place but they want the bird food too.
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Yep, I found the cayenne pepper trick a few years ago, and it's always worked for me.....I use it in planters and containers also, to keep those bushy-tailed tree-rats from digging up plants and bulbs.

I also have squirrel proof feeders....some with the steel mesh cages around them, others have steel or cast metal feeding ports that are too small for the little imps to get snout into.

Although I'm normally at war with the bushy-tailed tree-rats, there is one that has been behaving itself quite well, so I've been dumping a little extra birdseed near the tree where it frequents....and except for occasionally climbing around on one of the caged feeders and trying to gnaw through the steel mesh (ain't gonna happen!), the little bugger has been content with the stash that I leave for him.
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Does anyone know if the cayenne pepper trick works for bears too?
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This works, no kidding, have seen squirrels frustrated while birds feed in front of them

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One squirrel kept looking around and into the window convinced that someone was playing a trick on him. I got tired of having bird feeders trashed by the squirrels. They are so agile, we call them Cirque de Soleil squirrels, they can climb and hang on anything. Its not that we don't like them, DW will leave dried corn cobbs for them in a different place but they want the bird food too.

I use two of these feeders and they successfully defeat squirrels for me too. I also like that you can get so much seed in them.

I like the pepper idea for suet. I have stayed away from suet because of the squirrel problem.

Now, what about cats? Not eating at the feeders but stalking them.
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Yakers,

We used to have a plastic tube-type feeder but it blew down and busted in one of our winter storms a couple of years ago and we didn't replace it--too fragile for this location. It worked very well, though.
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Now, what about cats? Not eating at the feeders but stalking them.
Put cayenne on the birds?
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Actually, squirrels are fun to watch as they try to figure out how to crack a new bird feeder. They are quite the acrobats.

BUT, DW wants to see BIRDS, not squirrels.
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Thanks to the site on the “squirrel proof” feeders. When we move we are planning on feeding the tree rats on the other side of the house then the birds as if it will help.

I know someone would bring that up BimmerBill.
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If Bimmerbill & Martha get together -

Shoot the squirrels, and feed them to the cats.

Neat, ecological, and keeps the birds happy!

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Does anyone know if the cayenne pepper trick works for bears too?
I'm curious about this too. My Mom has a bear problem, and she loves to feed the birds. If this works it would be great. She's afraid she'll accidently let the dog out when the bears are around and not have a dog anymore.
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The Blue Jays attack the squirrels around here. Very high entertainment value.
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Cayenne works to deter deer from your tomatoes and other Spring plants. I get it and red chili pepper that's ground from the Dollar Store or WalMart (good size amount for a buck) and throw it all over the tomatoes, which seem to be a big luxury to deer. Really keeps them off everything.
My neighbor bought an expensive liquid deer repellant, and the cayenne worked better. And cheaper, too.

Don't try putting Tabasco on tomato leaves. I did that and the leaves and yellow blooms rotted and mildewed off the plant. Dumb idea.
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No kidding, Ed, and cheaper and easier to use for sure. Stick with cayenne or that ground red chili pepper. Both of those worked on the deer for the last couple years. And we have deers aplenty all the time running thru this neighborhood of nicer homes. It's a hoot to me...until they eat my tomatoes and then it isn't.
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When it showers here in the Midwest I just run out and do some sprinkles, but the SMELL is still there for the deer--even if we cannot see the cayenne--Mr. and Ms. Deer can smell it's there. Trust me..it works and they stay away from my tomatoes. Honest.

I've tried hair, Tabasco (bad idea), hanging Ivory soap on the stakes and a few other things. This is the only thing that has worked for me.
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