Squirrels are never far away to ruin the fun, but luckily we have a very efficient ant-squirrel deterrent to keep them away from the honey.
First, put out a dish of peanuts in a squirrel feeder to attract squirrels away from your hummingbird feeder. A squirrel baffle can be attached to a pole at a height of 4 feet, or it can be hung above the feeders to prevent the rodents from reaching them. The best thing to use for hanging a hummingbird feeder is a steel wire that is two feet in length.
Squirrels, with their acute sense of smell, may easily locate any nectar that has pooled on the outside of a neglected hummingbird feeder.
Keep in mind that if the hummingbird feeder is clean, the squirrels won’t be able to get in. Meanwhile, let’s see if we can do anything to discourage the existing squirrel population from visiting your feeder.
Similarly, if your hummingbird feeder is leaking, you’ll need to fix it so that the squirrels stop coming back to the spilled nectar.
This explains why bees will swarm a hummingbird feeder, even though the nectar inside the feeder is meant to be kept from the bees.
Even if you go out and get the best hummingbird feeder on the market, complete with bee guards and ant moats, the squirrels will find a way to thwart your efforts.
A squirrel baffle is what you’d use to prevent squirrels from getting into your hummingbird feeder.
A squirrel baffle does its job if it’s attached to a pole, so if you hang your hummingbird feeder high enough, the squirrels won’t be able to get to it.
A squirrel baffle, hung above the feeder, can effectively prevent squirrels from reaching the food, but it may take some trial and error to get the optimal placement. This is especially true if you insist on hanging your hummingbird feeder in a tree or on an easily accessible bracket.
Consider hanging a special squirrel feeder from a tree or leaving one on the ground to provide water and peanuts for the squirrels.
If you don’t want nectar flowing out when squirrels try to get to your hummingbird feeder, you should fasten the feeder so they can’t take it.
Give squirrels nectar with nuts
Providing a homemade nectar source, in addition to squirrel food, is the best way to deter squirrels from a hummingbird feeder.
The presence of food in your yard is a magnet for squirrels. It’s fine to provide squirrels with sugary water as a treat, but regular tap water will do the trick if you want to make sure they stay hydrated.
To achieve this, you will attach a squirrel feeder to a tree trunk and place a bowl of plain water or nectar on top of the feeder.
If you want to feed squirrels but don’t have a tree in your yard, you can put out this flat-bottomed feeder, which is typically filled with peanuts still in their shells.
A cup of nectar or plain water should be kept near to the feeder if it is to be placed on the ground or a potentially unstable surface higher up.
If you want to keep squirrels from raiding your hummingbird feeder, it’s a good idea to provide them with their own nectar or a bowl of water.
Homemade nectar, which is made from sugar water, can be preserved by storing it in a cool, dark spot and keeping it away from the feeders actually meant for hummingbirds.
Seclude feeder in yard
Hummingbird feeders can be successfully squirrel-proofed by hanging them from a high perch, as this is where the birds will be least likely to encounter the feeder’s primary predators.
First, check to see whether any of your hummingbird feeders are in a very remote spot.
If you want to keep the squirrels away from your hummingbird feeder, make sure it is not placed in a spot where they can easily access it.
Squirrels can gain access to the feeder by scaling a nearby wall or fence, or by ascending the tree from which the hummingbird feeder is suspended before descending on it from above.
If you put your hummingbird feeder in a remote part of your yard, you won’t have to worry about accidents like this happening, though you might make some adjustments after the fact.
The hummingbird feeder should be hung from a bird feeder pole, with no other feeders within a short distance to provide a convenient jumping off point for squirrels.
Similarly, if you want to hang a hummingbird feeder from a tree, you should choose a branch that is far enough from other branches in the tree that squirrels can’t reach it by climbing or jumping.
In the meanwhile, if you want to dissuade squirrels from a hummingbird feeder, hanging it from a bird feeder pole is your best bet. This way, you’ll have complete control over the situation.
Mount Squirrel Baffle to pole
Hummingbird feeders are best kept squirrel-free when hung from a bird feeder pole and a squirrel baffle is installed at the top of the pole to prevent squirrels from ascending the pole to get to the feeder.
In order to prevent squirrels from reaching the hummingbird feeder, you’ll need to install the baffle at least three to four feet up the pole. Only then can you make any necessary adjustments.
Squirrel baffles do work; it’s simply a question of figuring out where that ideal place is. Eventually, squirrels won’t be able to hop over the baffle to the other side.
The greatest squirrel baffles are pole-mounted alternatives that can be attached to virtually any bird feeder.
To prevent squirrels from climbing on top of the disc-shaped baffle, it must be designed to pivot. It’s simple to set up a baffle to keep squirrels out of your hummingbird feeder, but it needs to hang at a lower level than the feeder itself.
In order to prevent squirrels from accessing hanging bird feeders, squirrel baffles should be installed on any poles that the animals might use as a foothold.
Feeder Baffle is a must
If your hummingbird feeder is not hung at a low enough height, squirrels may have trouble reaching it and may even have trouble remaining perched on its body if they do.
If squirrels can’t get to a hummingbird feeder’s nectar by climbing up to it, they’ll just jump down onto it.
For those of you who don’t want to invest in a bird feeder pole, such as a Shepherd’s Hook or a bird feeding station, a simple tree branch or wall-mounted bracket can provide your squirrels with unrestricted access to the bird seed at all times.
A squirrel baffle is designed specifically for use with bird feeders, so you won’t have to put up with any of that.
Bird feeders of all shapes and sizes can be hung from the hook provided under the squirrel baffle, which is shaped like an upside-down disc and designed to deter squirrels.
There are currently two different kinds of squirrel baffles: one that can be attached to a pole and another that can be used as a hook for hanging any form of bird feeder.
Squirrels can’t drink the sugary water since the baffle is preventing them from crossing to the other side.
Hummingbird feeder hung with 2ft. wire
There’s better protection for your hummingbird feeder than a squirrel baffle if you want to hang it from a bracket in your yard or from the branch of a large tree.
If the hummingbird feeder is at the end of a very long metal wire, the first line of defense should be a squirrel baffle, and you should keep using it.
You should realize that squirrels can’t grip the thin steel wire that resembles cheese wire, and sliding down on it causes them pain.
Just like we might need to wear gloves to keep the wire from slicing through our palms, a squirrel will be halted in his tracks by this method.
If your bird feeder needs to be hung, you can prevent squirrels from accessing the seeds by suspending it from a foot or two of ultra thin steel wire.
The result is a sturdy, kink-free hanging wire that can support even the heaviest of hummingbird feeder loads.
Locate feeder on glass window
This only applies if your hummingbird feeder is located on a pole, limb, or bracket anywhere in your yard and is vulnerable to attack from squirrels.
All of stuff is more effective if hung from steel wire so that it is lower to the ground (but still 5 or 6 feet off the ground) and out of the reach of squirrels.
What I haven’t done is emphasize the importance of using a specialized window hummingbird feeder, which can be used without risk so long as the suction cups are clean and the glass window to which the feeder will be affixed is also spotless.
I’ll agree that it can be challenging to attract hummingbirds to a window bird feeder — one that is set up expressly for their needs — but it’s true that hanging a hummingbird feeder out in the sun is the most efficient approach to attract hummingbirds to the feeder.
What is a great window hummingbird feeder should be used purely for aesthetic purposes, with the traditional hummingbird feeders hung from a pole or bracket still being the primary feeding source.
If you want to deter squirrels from resting on your window sill and eating your hummingbird feeder’s nectar, you should hang it at least two feet up on a window, preferably in the panel’s center.
Squirrels may give up their pursuit if they encounter a glass window, as they know they have little chance of succeeding in doing so.
Squirrels are solely interested in food and water, so if you can’t beat them, join them in their quest for sustenance and hydration.
Now, I will admit that squirrels can still try to reach a hummingbird feeder designed just for hummers; however, hummingbirds can be observed raiding the nectar of the squirrels, and other common backyard birds can be seen snatching the nuts from the squirrels.
Mounting a specialized peanut-filled squirrel feeder on a tree trunk up to 6-8 feet off the ground is one option.
Currently, squirrels prefer a sugary reward, so place a water basin on top of this feeder and fill it with a safe amount of homemade nectar.
I would also use a basin of water alongside it, or just use ordinary tap water, to make sure the squirrels can drink and stay hydrated. Keep in mind that sugary water can attract bugs, so using regular tap water is the easier option.
Put up barriers around the hummingbird feeder in the yard until you can figure out how to keep the squirrels from getting to it another way.
If you use a bird feeder pole to suspend your hummingbird feeder, you may place the baffle at a height of 3 to 4 feet, thereby preventing squirrels from accessing the feeder.
Squirrel baffles, which are designed to hang above hummingbird feeders and block squirrels’ access from above, are essential if you want to hang your feeder from a tree branch or other elevated surface.
Use a wire that is up to two feet long if you want to hang something, as squirrels will avoid touching it out of fear of getting wounded.
In the event that you really want to keep the squirrels away from your hummingbird feeder, a window hummingbird feeder is your best bet, as squirrels have no opportunity of climbing up a panel of glass the feeder is stuck to.