Installing a baffle and/or a deflector is a great way to stop squirrels from getting access to your bird feeders. If you have mounted your feeder on a post or on a pole you can feel confident that a squirrel will not be able to get by this obstacle. If you have hung your feeder you can install a squirrel baffle or deflector above the feeder but these do not work one hundred percent of the time. Some squirrels are crafty enough to get by these but they are still a good choice.
Baffles and deflectors are designed in a way that a squirrel cannot get any grip to hold on or climb. They have a smooth surface and are made of metal or plastic. If you can incorporate both a domed baffle and a torpedo shaped baffle together, you will never have to worry about squirrels ever getting past this.
The big mistake a lot of us make is not mounting the squirrel baffle high enough on a post or pole. Also some of us put our feeders to close to a tree or hang a feeder in a way that a squirrel can just leap onto it. Squirrels are very strong and agile and some have been known to jump up to 6 feet, so make sure you take this into account before attaching your baffle or deciding on a location for your bird feeder.
A squirrel baffle or deflector mounted above your feeder will protect it from getting wet in the rain and snow which will make your seed stay fresher and keep it from going moldy. This is a nice bonus and the birds will thank you for it.
These are all very simple to install but you must make sure that you purchase the right one for your particular situation. If you have mounted your bird feeder on a wooden post then you should make sure that you check the diameter specifications of the baffle so it will fit properly. The same goes for a baffle that would be mounted on a pole. If you are going to purchase a baffle to mount above your bird feeder, make sure that it comes equipped with all the necessary hardware so you can attach it to the wire or you will be making a trip to your local hardware store.
We are quite confident that once you install a squirrel baffle it will help you keep those pesky squirrels off your feeders. It is well worth the time and investment because in the long term you will save a lot of money on bird seed!