DEAR JOAN: After reading the latest solution to keeping squirrels out of the bird feeder — WD-40 — I have a better idea. Just let them eat it. Unless you tell me it’s harmful, it’s no big deal.
Nancy Draughon, Mobile, Alabama
DEAR NANCY: This is a subject that is not quite as simple as it sounds. Generally speaking, birdseed is not harmful to squirrels, but there are some folks who want to feed the birds, not the squirrels, and seeing the squirrels swinging from feeders, spilling seed and chasing away the birds is too much for them.
These folks are so protective of their bird feeders that an industry in anti-squirrel bird seed (it has capcaisin mixed in with it) and squirrel-proof feeders and devices is thriving.
As much as I love watching the squirrels scampering around and thoroughly confounding my little Chihuahua, there are valid reasons people don’t want them around. Squirrels can do some damage to your property. They can chew on irrigation lines, gnaw on decks and open holes into your attic. They also tend to bury their surplus food, which can disturb your plants when the food goes in and when it comes out, if the squirrel remembers where it hid it.
One year, we put out some dried corn for the squirrel visiting in our yard, and the next spring I had corn popping up in all of my planters and pots.
As long as you welcome the squirrels and their nuttiness, and as long as you aren’t trying to feed them by hand, then no, there’s no harm in letting the squirrels share the bird feeders.
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Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle