I was told it is very effective to put hot sauce in your birdfeeder. This will keep squirrels and other small animals out. Is this correct, and is it safe for the birds?
Birds don’t react to capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) the way mammals do, so it does them no harm. When squirrels eat the treated seed, it irritates their mouths, making them less likely to eat more. Still, we don’t recommend this solution. The hot sauce could compromise the cleanliness of your feeders, which might lead to bacteria buildup that can be harmful to the health of birds. Plus, why use this method when there are other ways that cause less pain and harm to squirrels?
We have some great tips for squirrel-proofing in this article.
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