Updated at: 08-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Mice are little and crafty, making it difficult to deter them from bird feeders without the help of squirrel barriers.

Placing feeders on a metal pole will deter mice from using them as a climbing surface, which means more bird seed for the birds and less for the mice. The pole should have a squirrel baffle mounted on it, and another baffle should be installed above the feeders. Please remove the food that is attracting the mice in the first place.

How To Keep Mice Away From Bird Feeders

The chore of keeping mice away from bird feeders is not a simple one, but it must be done well to prevent the spread of disease.

This means that if your bird feeder has a rat problem, you can forget about attracting any wild birds.

Bird feeders should not be hung from tree branches or any other smooth, slick surface since mice can easily scale them.

The only thing you can rely on to hang your bird feeder from is a bird feeder pole, such as a Shepherd’s Hook or a regular yet well-known bird feeding station pole.

Cut off this pole’s access to the rest of the yard so rodents don’t have a new way to the hanging bird feeders.

To prevent mice from reaching the bird feeder in the first place, a squirrel baffle should be installed at a high point on the pole.

Keep in mind that mice have a hard time climbing metal, so getting to the squirrel baffle on the pole would be challenging.

This time, put a squirrel baffle over each bird feeder to trap any mice that manage to get through your first line of defense.

A squirrel barrier designed to be attached alongside bird feeders will prevent mice from accessing the food source.

A long, thin piece of steel wire, from which the squirrel baffle can hang, is an effective secondary line of defense against mice. This is because the wire can cut through the mouse’s skin if they try to descend it.

Keep the area around your bird feeders clean and free of spilled bird food to discourage mice from making a home there; otherwise, you’ll have to store your feeders somewhere until the mice problem clears up.

Mice are nocturnal, so if you have a bird feeder, you may put it away for the night and avoid having to deal with the mice during the day.

Suspend on pole to keep mice off

If you want to keep mice away from a bird feeder, the only solution is to hang the feeder.

Mice have a hard time climbing up metal, thus you should only use metal poles for your bird feeders. In contrast, mice will have little trouble scrambling up and over a wooden platform bird feeder mounted on a stand.

Shepherd’s Hooks, the classic metal bird feeding station, are ideal for suspending feeders and keeping rodents away from bird food.

Since mice are capable of learning, an adult mouse might eventually get to the bird feeders whether it is seen at night or not.

The rat, a close relative of the mouse, can scale bird feeder poles with ease, although a mouse’s claws are too small to provide a secure grasp.

You can’t always prevent mice from climbing up a bird feeder pole and then down on the hanging bird feeders, but you can reduce the likelihood of this happening by suspending the feeders from a thin, long steel wire that is similar in diameter to cheese wire.

Mount squirrel baffle on pole

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A squirrel barrier placed at a suitable location on the bird feeder pole can effectively prevent rodents from ascending the pole and so save the feeder from destruction.

Since squirrel baffles are intended to prevent entry by squirrels, a little mouse may require some additional planning to ensure it does not find a way to bypass the barrier.

If you aren’t attentive, mice can still get through the baffle because they can fit through a hole the size of a dime or ten cent quarter.

If you want to keep mice out of your bird feeder, you’ll need to either get a squirrel baffle that is custom-made to suit your pole precisely, or create your own hole-filling or sealing solution.

Since mice have a hard time ascending metal, it is likely that none of them will be able to get to the squirrel baffle in the first place.

Installing the squirrel baffle as high up the pole as possible will deter mice from climbing up the pole and into the feeder.

Hang bird feeders under squirrel baffle

When attached to the pole of a bird feeder, squirrel baffles effectively block rodents like squirrels, rats, and raccoons from reaching the food.

A mouse shouldn’t be able to do anything, but being little and crafty, it just might.

Your best bet for keeping mice at bay is to keep using the squirrel baffle you’ve been attaching to the top of the pole, as you’ll still need this initial line of defense now that the birds are using the feeders.

This time around, a squirrel baffle will do the trick, but this one is designed to be hung from the pole bracket or a branch near a bird feeder.

The bird feeder will be hung at a considerable distance below the squirrel baffle, which consists of a squirrel pole attached to a long wire on a bracket or pole.

Squirrel baffles can be hung above hanging bird feeders to keep squirrels and other rodents away and reduce the risk of disease spread.

The squirrel baffle should be strung on thin steel wire well below the bracket or branch it is suspended from to prevent mice from being injured as they attempt to climb down on it.

And if mice succeed on getting on top of the squirrel baffle, I can assure this form of squirrel baffle won’t allow mice to get on the other side to access the bird feeders.

Clean spilled food to deter Mice

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Although I’ve laid out a number of methods for discouraging mice, it’s also important to address the underlying conditions that encourage rodents to frequent bird feeders in the first place.

Because mice are so olfactory, it’s only natural that any dropped bird seed will attract the rodents.

Mice will try to eat anything from grain to fruit to seed, so it’s no surprise that they’ll try to get into a bird seed feeder.

You can’t use a specific sort of seed to keep mice away since mice will eat any kind of seed.

Bird seed that has fallen to the ground should not be allowed to spill, but if it does, it must be cleaned up immediately to prevent mice from eating it.

Most people, I think, neglect to clean up any dropped bird seed or scraps of food on the ground, and while this doesn’t affect the vast majority of us, some of you will have to deal with a rat infestation.

If you want to feed birds without attracting pests, make sure the food never falls to the ground below the feeders and remove it immediately if it does.

You must be pro-active in clearing up any mess or else the mouse problem won’t go away.

Delay bird feeder use for a week

What you may of tried thus far is to try and block mice accessing bird feeders by first hanging them, and therefore isolating bird feeders on a pole.

Since mice have a hard time climbing metal, you would have mounted a squirrel baffle high up the pole to keep them from reaching the bird feeders. However, you would still use another squirrel baffle to make sure no mice made it past the first one.

Above positioned squirrel baffles won’t enable mice to descend on bird feeders hanging beneath them, thus it undoubtedly will be the end of the road for the rodents.

Not entirely, since you’d still have to maintain the area below all types of bird feeders clean and tidy; mice are attracted to bird food that has fallen to the ground.

Try to remove bird feeders and leftover food as often as possible, but ultimately, you want the ground to be clear of bird food at all times.

However, you may discover that none of these strategies are effective in keeping mice away from your bird feeders, in which case you should remove everything and store it somewhere else.

For the next several days to a week, or at least until the mice have departed, you should remove any bird feeder equipment from your yard.

After you’ve eliminated the possibility of mice or other rodents returning, you may start luring typical backyard birds back to your feeders.

After then, keep an eye on what’s happening so you can restock feeders at the first hint of a mouse.

Final Thoughts

Suspend bird feeders from a pole so that the feeders can be kept in a mouse-free zone.

Suspended bird feeders should not be hung from trees or brackets attached to surfaces that mice can easily scale, such as a wooden post.

Mice have a hard time gaining traction on metal, therefore a bird feeder pole made of metal should deter them from ascending it.

Any form of bird feeder can be utilized; all that’s required is that it be hung from a pole so that we can use proven methods to keep mice away from the food.

Putting a squirrel baffle at the top of a bird feeder pole is the first order of business.

Mice will have a hard time getting past the baffle, and if they do, they’ll just fall off and roll down the metal pole.

Now, let’s imagine a mouse manages to slip past the squirrel baffle as easily as they do; we can put up a second line of defense with a squirrel baffle designed to be hung above hanging bird feeders.

Put this squirrel baffle on a long piece of steel wire and hang it from the bird feeder pole bracket to suffocate any mice that might try to climb up and scratch at it. If there is enough of a gap, a mouse won’t be able to get its little paws down there.

Any type of bird feeder can be hung below the baffle, and it will be protected from rodents because the squirrels can’t climb.

The area around the bird feeder should be kept free of bird food, as this is what attracts mice with a good sense of smell, even if the squirrel baffle solutions I’ve given help you at all.

And if none of that works, put away the bird feeders until the mice problem has been resolved.

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