Browse through any catalogue featuring
bird feeders, and you will no doubt see the words ‘squirrel proof’. Did
you ever wonder why anyone would want or need a squirrel proof
Squirrels are small mammals, more
specifically rodents, and can be found in lawns, parks and backyard
habitats. They are cute, mischievous, entertaining, and often masters of
Having a keen fondness for sunflower seeds, squirrels will stop at
nothing to get to them. Their razor sharp teeth are ideal for knowing,
making it easy for them to enlarge feeding ports on wooden birdfeeders.
Handing cords are easily severed sending the feeder and its contents
crashing to the ground.
Dealing with squirrels can be as frustrating and expensive
experience. Observing their Ariel antics, on the other hand, can be
interesting and entertaining.
Squirrels don’t enter your lawn or habitat to deliberately destroy
your property. It is not your birdfeeders that are attracting them, it
is the food they contain.
Squirrels would much rather have a feeder of their own. Making
sunflower seeds and other favorite foods easily accessible to them will
stop the destruction. It is just as cheap to buy a munch box as it is to
spend the extra money for a squirrel proof birdfeeder. You don’t need to
buy a special squirrel seed mix for the much box. It is cheaper to make
your own with sunflower seeds, unsalted peanuts in the shell and shelled
whole kernel corn. The sound of the lid flapping closed will be music to
your ears. Feeding tables that hold whole ears of corn are also popular.
Make sure you keep your munch box filled. Old habits are hard to bread,
especially a hungry squirrel’s.
Remember, you have created your habitat to welcome wildlife, and that
includes squirrels. They will give you hours of pleasure and a lot to
talk about. You will have them eating out of your hand in no time, and
giving them a well-deserved good rap.