Will squirrels get into hummingbird feeders?

Will squirrels get into hummingbird feeders?

13 May, 2010 (03:10) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin

I am thinking about having some hummingbird feeders. I don’t want to have to deal with squirrels getting into it all the time. does anyone know anything about this?

I am looking out into my backyard watching a squirrel drink out of my hummingbird feeder right now!!!

I think if they get hungry enough, nothing is sacred! I had a family of squirrels tear up the cushions off my patio set to use in building their nest…

Sorry for the bad news!

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Comment from Natedogg
Time May 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

I wouldn’t think that squirrels would be interested in sugar water that is colored with food coloring. Squirrels like nuts and seeds. They usually get into your bird feeders because there are sunflower seeds in the seed mix.
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Comment from Cerulean Blue
Time May 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

I am looking out into my backyard watching a squirrel drink out of my hummingbird feeder right now!!!

I think if they get hungry enough, nothing is sacred! I had a family of squirrels tear up the cushions off my patio set to use in building their nest…

Sorry for the bad news!
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Comment from cowgirl
Time May 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

I had to quit buying feeders cuz the squirrels chewed up and broke 4 of them, and also tore up all my seed feeders too, and just wasted it. All i can have is finch feed in my feeder cuz they don’t like that. Maybe if you got the real small ones that hang from a porch roof, it’ll work.
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Comment from Leah
Time May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

I have had Hummingbird feeders before, and Squirrels never bothered with them. Try getting one that sticks to the window, Just stick it high up so the Squirrels can’t reach it. But I don’t really think Squirrels like sugar water.
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Comment from dawnb
Time May 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

Squirrels have no interest in sugar water mixtures only bird seed. Your hummingbirds would be safe from them.
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Comment from kay gordon
Time July 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Yes squirrels have just started emptying my hummingbird feeders!!! I am so exhausted from refilling them. This is the first year that they have started doing so.. I have caught them in the act several times. So don’t think they don’t like sugar water cause they definitely do!!!!

What can I do??? Please help!!!

Comment from Danielle
Time August 4, 2010 at 7:34 am

WRONG! We have hummingbird feeders on our windows at work & let me tell you they jump to them or climb the side of the building & drop down to them & chew up the feeders as well as wash them selves in it as it’s pouring out & DRINK it while doing this all UPSIDE DOWN! Good Luck!

Comment from brandi
Time February 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Yeah, no kidding. Squirrels chewed apart my hummingbird feeder leaving it in little pieces and the side of my house bathed in that sticky red liquid. I haven’t refilled it since then and i keep seeing my little hummingbirds coming around looking for nectar. I’m so sad I have nothing to offer 🙁

Comment from ron
Time May 6, 2011 at 9:02 am


Comment from Sof
Time July 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

The only way around this (and yes, I too have the problem of squirrels and raccoons raiding my hummingbird feeders) is to either hang them under a tin pan or bubble dome or put them on a pole mount above a squirrel baffle. Do make sure the pole mount is at least 10′ from house or limb or they’ll jump to it.

Comment from Stan
Time July 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Same thing just happened to me. It is so dry here I figured that is why, because I have always had hbird feeders, and this is a first for us. A solution—? The only only they didn’t touch is on a shepherd’s hook. Maybe it is too slicj for them to climb? I am putting all of mine on shepherd’s hooks and putting a water source for the squirrels in case in is true thirst.

Comment from Nick
Time April 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Squirrels not only got into my hummingbird feeder, but they completely destroyed it. The “petals” wore ripped to pieces today. I’ve now hung my other hummingbird feeder from a tree with a fishing line and this seems to work (so far).

Comment from April
Time May 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

Well a shepheds hook didn’t help me at all. They tore up my feeder twice now the first nights putting them out. I did go to a site called World of Hummingbirds.com and they have a thing you can make for your feeder that they say would help. I am going to try it. I have flying squirrels that drop down onto feeders so I have to deal with them too. Good luck everyone. If you have any more ideas please post.

Comment from Patti
Time June 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Squirrels at your hummingbird feeders?? This was a huge problem for us, I tried moving the feeders, using baffels you name it and I tried it. Than this past weekend I went to our local gardening center and came across a product that is truly outstanding and needed to share it with you. Its called “Squirrel Stopper” by Messina Wildlife’s. It costa about $13.00 and it is remarkable. They are saying it is 100% satisfaction guaranteed and if sor organic growers and safe to use. I sprayed the posts and top rails of our deck and its a little over 48 hours and NO SQUIRRELS!! Active ingredients are rosemary oil, mint oil, cinnamon oil and putrescent whole egg solids. Needless to say it smells terrible but once dried its not a problem.
Good luck to you!

Comment from Cathy
Time August 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I never thought squirrels would drink sugar water either until the other day. I could not figure where it went. I had just filled it the day before. Then I saw it. My feeder is near a cedar tree and the squirrel went from the tree to the pole that the feeder was hanging on and tipped the feeder and was drinking it. I have had the feeder up for several years this is the first time, I guess I ran out of bird seed so it wanted to eat. Maybe if I get more bird seed and put it out it will leave the hummingbird feeder alone.

Comment from Susan
Time April 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

The darned squirrels drink ALL of the nectar out of my feeder EVERY day! I am at my wits end! Squirrels LOVE sugar water apparently!!!

Comment from Rebekah
Time June 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

We have the tiny little squirrels that love humming bird food…actually i think they love it. We enjoy watching them hang upside down eating from the feeders. Too funny!

Comment from Evelyn Dees
Time July 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Believe me they drink from hummingbird feeders. With his legs on my cedar post he turned it up like a mug..I think hr was sucking it off the top as it ran out at an angle

Comment from Roz
Time August 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

Have had hummingbird feeder for years….also have squirrels which eat the peanuts that I supply them with..and they never bother my hummingbird feeder.

Comment from amy
Time May 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I just had squirrels start drinking the hummer food. They also started eating my wooden columns, which are 57 years old! I am going to try putting hot pepper in the water and see if that deters them. Probably will not work, as my squirrels scoff at the pepper juice on the bird food. They just get another pitcher of squirrel margaritas and party on. 🙁

Comment from David Lambert
Time August 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Of course squirrels drink sugar water!! They’re opportunists and I see it daily. I’ve tried bb guns [not shooting them, of course], water hoses, squirt guns, loud noises, and Vaseline on the wires. So far nothing works except placing the feeders in a solitary environment where there are no launch points closer than 12 feet, and I use a squirrel baffle. But it makes the hummers hard to see without birding glasses.

Comment from linda Selter
Time June 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

Sorry, but you do not know what you are talking about. I see them doing it all the time. I keep my 22 rifle at the window. I shoot the bastard squirrels. They learn after I wipe them all out.

Comment from linda Selter
Time June 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

You are so wrong. Investigate before flapping your jaws. I have movies of squirrels drinking from the feeders.

Comment from sue
Time June 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Would a bit if the hot pepper stuff you can use in dry bird seed hurt hummingbirds? I was thinking if adding some of it to the sugar water in an attempt to get rid if the squirrels and let the hummers eat.

Comment from carol
Time July 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm

yes squirrels drink nectar from hummingbird feeders!! Though I have had this feeder out for about 3 summers and this is the first time and it is drier than normal. The squirrels are also eating from my song bird feeder more than past years and digging in 2 of my potted plants, mini pansies I have had for 3 summers!! So I found through searching online that they do not like the scent of cedar, the hot feeling or scent of cayenne pepper or white vinegar. I have placed all of these on my balcony with success! Sprinkle the cayenne pepper onto the soil around the plants, place bowls of white vinegar near pots and sprinkle cedar wood essential oil onto the wood deck, the wood bird feeder and on cotton balls attached to the S hooks holding both song bird and hummingbird feeders!! My song bird feeder is made from cedar wood and the scent has decreased over the years. I have no desire to harm the squirrels only to keep them from eating the bird food and digging my plants! The scents on the balcony are not strong enough to disturb my enjoyment of sitting there! Good Luck!!!

Comment from Scott
Time March 13, 2017 at 11:08 am

And hummingbirds don’t like feeders that leave them exposed to predators; in my experience hb feeders that are too far from a tree only attract wasps.

Comment from Michael
Time May 16, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Apparently squirrels even run off with the plastic bee guards to the hummingbird feeders! Good grief!

Comment from Gabigale
Time May 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

Think again…squirrels LOVE sugar water and chew off plastic perches trying to get into the flower part. Squirrels will destroy anything that isn’t glass or metal.

Comment from Karen
Time June 15, 2017 at 9:01 am

I have 2 hummingbird feeders and the squirrels are now draining both of them?

Comment from Louise Hawes
Time June 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

Believe it or not, I’m worried about the squirrels, too! They have broken the glass feeding tube of two feeders now, leaving bits of shattered glass behind. Somewhere, there are at least two squirrels with bloody lips or worse! I’m going to try one commenter’s suggestion of using fishing line to hang the feeder–sounds like a good idea!

Comment from Mully Ray
Time June 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

People who say squirrels don’t go after hummingbird feeders are all wrong. I have 5 hummingbird feeders and if the squirrels can get on them they pull the plastic flowers off and drink the sweet water.

Comment from David
Time July 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Squirrels jump from a neighbors fence about 15 feet to my clothes line to hang upside down to drink the nectar in my hummingbird feeders. YES, they DO seem to love sugar-water.

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