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Keep the Squirrels out of Birdseed

By critterologist
March 28, 2012

Feed birds, not squirrels! Add a generous amount of cheap cayenne when you're making up a suet mixture. The birds don't mind, because they can't taste it.

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Onewish1
Mar 27, 2012 7:13 PM CST
I had no idea birds can't taste it!!
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Mar 27, 2012 7:25 PM CST
The squirrels don't really bother my suet, whether home-made or store-bought. They prefer to focus on my sunflower seeds. Hilarious!
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Mar 27, 2012 7:25 PM CST

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This is how birds can eat the hottest of the peppers. Those pequins and extremely hot peppers like that seem to have been designed with birds in mind.
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Horntoad
Mar 27, 2012 7:31 PM CST
This will work mixed in with your bird seed also.
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Onewish1
Mar 27, 2012 8:18 PM CST
cool cool cool.. now if it would just keep the bear away I can put feeders out again Grumbling
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bitbit
Mar 28, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Allison, bears are sensitive to spicy just like humans and squirrels. It might be worth a shot, though the bear would have to try it once to figure out that it tastes bad.
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critterologist
Mar 28, 2012 1:00 PM CST
LOL, he'd probably view it as a challenge, like a 22 year old guy with a plate of hot wings.

Just remember not to touch the suet (or well coated bird seed) with your bare hands... it really does take a bodacious amount of hot pepper to make things too spicy for our local squirrels.
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Mar 28, 2012 1:44 PM CST
Birds eat the hot chile petins...they like them!
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Mar 28, 2012 4:05 PM CST
Our problem is racoons. Anybody know if this works on them?
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mcash70
Mar 28, 2012 4:23 PM CST
I wouldn't use the cayenne pepper, if the animals get it in their eyes it burns so badly that they can actually damage or even gouge them out. JMHO
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PollyK
Mar 28, 2012 5:51 PM CST
I have to agree with Margaret. I enjoy seeing the squirrel antics. They sure can be a pain sometimes, though, but I just would never do anything to harm any animal.
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Sharon
Mar 28, 2012 7:36 PM CST
I feel that way too.
If it spilled on the ground, even our own pets could get into it.
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critterologist
Mar 28, 2012 7:53 PM CST
The suet mix I make isn't something that's going to get in anybody's eyes or spill on the ground... I cut it into sandwich-sized blocks to put into the suet feeder.

I don't advocate wholesale dumping of cayenne pepper over everything... just too many problems that could result, as has been pointed out.

The squirrels here get plenty of food (we put a couple handfuls of sunflower seeds just outside the patio door every morning... "kitty TV" and entertains us too)... I just want to keep them out of the PB and suet feeders!

I suspect outwitting raccoons is even harder than outwitting squirrels.

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Mar 28, 2012 9:01 PM CST
OMG, I never even thought of that! Thank you for pointing that out, Margaret!
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Skiekitty
Feb 19, 2013 4:27 PM CST
Horntoad said:This will work mixed in with your bird seed also.


I was just going to ask if this would work with seed? I'm sick & tired of feeding the squirrels.. I have 3 resident squirrels and boy are they FAT! I'm about ready to trap 'em and take 'em across the road to the Cherry Creek reservoir & release them there...
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Feb 19, 2013 4:51 PM CST
Toni, if you trap and take them away others will just move in and take their place. I know this for a fact, I have tried and my sister has tried several times, now we have just learned to live with them.

I will never use cayenne pepper in the bird seed or around the garden.
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Skiekitty
Feb 19, 2013 5:09 PM CST
Margaret - Why no cayenne pepper?
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Feb 19, 2013 5:17 PM CST
mcash70 said:I wouldn't use the cayenne pepper, if the animals get it in their eyes it burns so badly that they can actually damage or even gouge them out. JMHO


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