Squirrel Scare Tool

From my kitchen window, I enjoy watching the birds at our bird feeders. However I can't keep a lot of food in the feeders because of squirrels. In the cold months, early in the morning, I'll put out just enough seed to last through the day.

I enjoy watching the squirrels as well, but not when they are gobbling up my expensive bird seed and frightening the birds away from the feeders.

I have made a tool that's a big help in keeping the squirrels away from the feeders. It scares them so badly that they take off and run as fast as they can to the woods and usually I don't see them again that day and most of the time I won't see them come into the yard for several days.

Sometimes they run up the pecan tree and swish their tail sending the signal that danger lies ahead. That makes me laugh. It doesn't take but once or twice for them to be leery of approaching the bird feeders.

As soon as the squirrel is gone, the birds quickly return.

This tool is also good for training cats to stay off the table and counter tops. It doesn't have to be quite this loud though.



  1. Put a handful of marbles into a Gatorade bottle and secure the top of the bottle.
  2. When you see a squirrel on your feeder, hold the bottle of marbles out the window and shake it vigorously. It will make such a racket that it scares the squirrel away.
  3. Enjoy watching the birds.

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February 1, 20191 found this helpful

I've never used a sound technique to try to get rid of them, aside from my yelling, which is absolutely useless ;) Thanks for posting! I'll try it.

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February 1, 20192 found this helpful

Lol. I tap on my storm door with my cane and the squirrels just keep on eating my birdseed and don't even acknowledge me any more. I even tried giving them their favorite, sunflower seeds, in a container on the ground and that didn't help. So I gave up besides, I have does who empty it as fast as the squirrels do, and what they drop the groundhogs clean up. I'm feeding a zoo here lol.

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March 5, 20190 found this helpful

Hello, I found the way to KEEP out the BRILLIANT Squirrels. I Made a pulley system for my bird feeder suspended between two trees. I ran some trout line (thin enough so the Squirrels can climb on)between the 2 trees then hooked a pulley hanging from one tree and a line from the pulley to the feeder.The from the pulley to the feeder is anchored at one tree at so, when you want to fill the feeder you simply unhook the line dropping the feeder FILL n Re-hook.


TRUST ME it Works !!!!!!!

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February 2, 20191 found this helpful

I mount my feeders on Aluminum 2" poles...my squirrels cant get any traction...hard as they may try...no grip...toooo slippery...boy do they make a lot of loud angry, clickin' noises...sure would like to know the Squirrel-to-English translation...LOL

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February 2, 20190 found this helpful

I saw a video on the internet that showed a slinky over a pole. When the squirrel climbs on the slinky, it takes him back to the ground.


If he gets very far up the slinky, the slinky will bounce back and hit him in the behind. That would be fun to watch.

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February 4, 20191 found this helpful

tried the slinky trick-DIDNT WORK. the squirrel has to be thin for the slinky to work. the ones by my house are too fat and the slinky stretches out and form a ladder for them, so quit that and quick.

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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

Shucks!! I was hoping to try that some day. Oh, well. Thanks for letting us know it does not work.

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March 5, 20190 found this helpful

DADBURN Humans Think That Can Out Smart MEEEEE!!!!!!!

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

for me, all it takes is my two little yorkies barking.. we have a large patio door off out living room. the bird feeders are on the deck outside the door..


when the squirrels sneak up to the feeders, out dogs run up tp the window and start barking.. the squirrels run off within a minute.. usually takes them a day or two before they come back

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February 28, 20190 found this helpful

That's great. I know the Yorkies enjoy that.

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

I think this is going to work for the cow birds as well. I scared them off 3 days ago. I had to do it 3 times but I have not seen them since. I hope they don't come back. Haven't seen that squirrel I scared off 2 weeks ago either.

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