This resource page features the top products for stopping nuisance squirrels (All available on Amazon).
Squirrel proof bird feeders:
Two of the most widely recognized brands of squirrel proof bird feeders are Droll Yankees and Brome Bird Care.
Droll Yankees makes a line of squirrel proof feeders with creative names using descriptive adverbs such as Flipper, Whipper, Dipper and Tipper. As the names suggest these Squirrel proof bird feeders are designed to flip, whip, dip and tip squirrels off the bird feeder and they work really well.
However, these types of feeders frequently spill seed when flipping and whipping squirrels away. Squirrels will learn this fact and will become quite willing to be flipped and whipped in exchange for having bird seed spill to the ground where they can freely eat. To discourage this behavior set your Droll Yankees feeder away from places that squirrels can jump from such as patio railings, fences and low hanging branches. Also, if possible, hang the bird feeder five or six feet from the ground (squirrels can jump very high).
Even though squirrels may learn to spill seed from the feeder, the droll Yankees none-the-less offer birds a great advantage because squirrels are not able to guard the feeder and chase birds away as they do with ordinary bird feeders.
Brome Bird Care makes a line of Squirrel proof feeders called Squirrel Buster. This line of feeders are named Mini, Classic, Plus, Finch and Peanut. These bird feeders keep the squirrels out by means of feeding ports that close under the weight of the squirrel.
The only disadvantage to these types of squirrel proof bird feeders is in rare cases of remarkable coincidence, when a bird happens to be eating from a port at the same moment a squirrel jumps onto the feeder. It’s possible, under the weight of the squirrel, that the feeder port door can close on the bird’s head and injure the bird.
Keeping squirrels out of the garden:
Hot pepper wax sprayed onto the plants that squirrels like to eat such as tomatoes can be an effective method for teaching them not to mess with your garden.
Squirrels in the attic:
Using a live trap is often a very easy and effective way to get rid of nuisance squirrels nesting in the attic. Just keep in mind the homing ability of squirrels when attempting to relocate trapped squirrels. You’ll need to take them much farther then merely a nearby park or wooded lot.