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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Home Team 1, Squirrels 0 - or - Can Squirrels Smell PVC

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that squirrels have been the bane of my existence! They have eaten my plums, blueberries, and raspberries, destroyed my herb seedlings, and now - they can demolish a $15 bag of bird feed in two days! Do they have an Overeaters Anonymous for squirrels?!

After making a baffle that was unsuccessful, we hit upon a winner - PVC! We have a 4 x 4 post that holds our bird feeder. A genius at Lowe's told us that there are 4 x 4 PVC covers for wooden posts. I will forever be grateful to that man!

My husband removed the bird feeder and the bird house attached to the post. He then slipped the PVC cover down over the post and instant squirrel baffle! For the price of one bag of bird feed! The slippery surface of the PVC prevents the little critters from climbing up the post.

Can squirrels smell PVC? We haven't even seen a squirrel approach the bird feeder. We even set up our video camera so we can relish the sight of squirrels slipping off the PVC. And it has been several days since installing the PVC. Our only worry - that they will jump off the tree onto the bird feeder. Then it may be time for me to invest in an air gun! Just kidding!

 More on squirrels:

Feed the Squirrels? - Hah!

Score: Squirrels 1, Bev 0

Score: Herbs 1, Squirrels 0 ... So Far