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Question: I have squirrels who are a menice to my bird feeders. I have used the spuirrel-be-gone feeders, but have found that they are able to bend the metal pieces away so they can get to the seeds. I have tried bottles on a line, that helps some. HELP!!!!!

Answer: Squirrels are difficult to keep at bay, but there's hope. Begin by surveying the site where you have your feeder. Feeders should be 8 feet away from any tree trunk, limb, or rooftop. Place feeders at least 5-6 feet above ground. Use baffles - baffles are round umbrella-shaped barriers that are place either above a hanging feeder or below on a pole mounted feeder. On pole mounted feeders, baffles need to be at least 4 feet up on the pole.

Another method you may want to consider is using PVC pipe, available at local building supply stores. Squirrels are unable to climb on the PVC pipe. Using a 6 inch diameter PVC pipe 6 feet long and 1 treated 4 x 4 x 8 post. Place the treated fence post 2 feet in the ground and slide the pipe over the post. Attach feeder to the 4 x 4 post. Remember to place feeders far enough from overhanging tree branches and rooftops to keep them from jumping to the feeder.

Hope this information helps.

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