Birds are typically one of the few welcomed animals in backyards. Tons of people love watching and listening to their chirps, but they are also quite beneficial to have around on your property. They usually feed on some insects that can be harmful to a garden, including aphids, spiders, and mosquitos. Attracting birds encourages them to feed on these pests, which cuts out the need for harsh chemical treatments.
Bird feeders are a nice way to bring these creatures to your yard, but it can be difficult to keep other disruptive animals away, like squirrels. Creating a bird-friendly yard as opposed to a squirrel-friendly yard can be challenging. One tip to keep squirrels away is to slip the bird feeder onto a long wire and hang it between two nearby trees. Be sure to keep it away from any low branches, so squirrels won’t be able to jump into it. Another tip is to add some spice to your bird food. Birds have no capsaicin receptors- meaning they are unable to taste spices. But, squirrels can taste and don’t like it. A spice like hot pepper is commonly used for this method and is also full of vitamins that can kill off parasites.
Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, pesky squirrels just won’t go away. If your yard has become squirrel central, give us a call and we would be happy to help. Leave it to the professionals! For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 917-633-0146 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.