One of our most popular questions is what’s the best way to keep squirrels away from your bird feeder. The Helpful Hardware Folks at Ace have answered that question with 5 quick tips.


  1. Place your feeders 10 feet from launch points.
  2. Attach a domed baffle under or over a feeder. It tilts as the squirrel lands, causing the critter to slide off.
    bird feeder dome
  3. Select a squirrel-proof feeder. Port will shut when a squirrel lands on the roof or perches.
    squirrel proof bird feeders
  4. Try a feeder enclosed by a cage. Small birds can get through, but not the squirrels.
  5. Use safflower seed in your feeders. Squirrels don’t like it.

EXTRA TIP- If you can’t beat ‘em, feed ‘em. Create a squirrel zone away from your bird feeders. Stock a squirrel feeder with nuts or corn cobs.

For more great tips, visit Ace Hardware Tips & Advice Page.