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Slinkys Make Great Squirrel Baffles

Credit: Video by spikelevi63

Did you know that you can use the ever-popular children’s toy, the Slinky, to keep squirrels from getting to your bird feeder?

Simply attach one end of the Slinky to the top of the pole and let the Slinky dangle down over it with the pole inside. When the squirrel tries to jump on the pole to reach the feeder, the Slinky will prevent it from doing so.

Do note that the interesting part of the video occurs within the first 35 seconds… and you can cut the sound if it annoys you.


Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1 comment on “Slinkys Make Great Squirrel Baffles

  1. Thank you for the great idea and the chuckle first thing this morning. 🙂

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