How to Deter Squirrels and Other Pests from Hummingbird Feeders

Squirrels and other pests can be deterred from hummingbird feeders by using baffles, placing feeders away from trees, and using cayenne pepper in the nectar.

Baffles are effective at preventing squirrels from climbing poles to reach feeders. Ensure baffles are positioned correctly and are made of slick materials.

Placing feeders away from trees and other structures can make it harder for squirrels to access them. Opt for open areas with no nearby launching points.

Adding cayenne pepper to the nectar can deter squirrels due to its spicy taste. Be cautious not to use too much, as it may also deter hummingbirds.

Regularly clean feeders to prevent pests like ants and bees. Use ant moats and bee guards to keep these insects away from the nectar.

By implementing these strategies, you can enjoy watching hummingbirds without the interference of squirrels and other pests. Maintain a clean feeding environment for the birds' well-being.