Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation


Not rain, not sleet, not cold, not hot pepper sprinkled in your garden, not chicken wire over your bulbs shall keep the squirrels from your bulbs. Even being stalked all day long by a large black cat shall not keep squirrels from your yard.

Ever the bane of gardeners, I’ve tried all the remedies found online with little success. Down here bulbs are not very successful it doesn’t get cold enough to start them. So I no longer have the pleasure of watching several hundred bulbs disappear each fall.

I have found a way to keep them out of the bird feeders. It took several tries. First I tried stringing one between two trees on thin wire. But the trees were close enough to each other (~20′) for the squirrel to jump to the feeder from the tree. It did take a few hours but that was all I gained on that attempt. So next I tried putting a squirrel baffle over the feeder and coating it with vasoline. I did wind up with a very unhappy, slimy squirrel, but persistence won and he was not only back in the feeder but ate a hole through the plastic.

I purchased this feeder at a hardware store, you also can find it at Amazon.com. It’s been a year an a half and not once has a single squirrel gotten at the seed inside. Not only does the metal keep them from eating their way through but the feeding area is spring loaded so if something larger than a bird lands on it, the access to the seed is cut off.

Homestead 3201S Super Stop A Squirrel Wild Bird Feeder

What has worked for me with feeders on poles is to put vasoline along the pole for about 2′ about half way up the pole. I have to redo it every couple of months but it does keep the squirrels off the feeders.