How to Keep Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders Using Cayenne Pepper

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One effective tool that can be used to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders is a little cayenne pepper. Keep squirrels out of bird feeders using cayenne pepper with help from an expert on green pest control in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello. I'm Louise Hodges of Do you have squirrels in your yard and they're affecting your bird feeders? That's frustrating, so we're going to talk about how to keep the squirrels out of your bird feeders by using cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is very offensive to squirrels. Not only is it hot but the essential oils in the cayenne pepper have a burning sensation that they're not going to enjoy whatsoever. So let me show you what ingredients I have. This is very simple. I've got some cayenne pepper and some white petroleum jelly. I am going to mix these two together and create kind of a paste. Here we go, create a paste of the jelly and the cayenne pepper, which I'm going to use on the bird feeder. And we'll see in just a second what I mean by that. So this is what you do with the concoction. I've mixed up the Vaseline and the cayenne pepper and what you want to do is make sure that this is something that's going to affect the squirrels but not the birds. If I put it on the edge here it would affect the squirrels but it would also affect the birds because they'd get it on their feet. Birds are going to come in and land on it. Squirrels are going to crawl up it. So now what I'm going to do is make sure that I smear this onto the bird feeder so that there's no way a squirrel can crawl up this without getting offended by the cayenne pepper. This will keep squirrels out of your bird feeder by using cayenne pepper. I'm Louise Hodges with Thank you for watching.


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