In this video i show you how i stopped our vegetable seeds such as squash from getting eaten by rats mice and other rodents in the garden. Filling feeders with clean hulled seed will reduce the amount of food that falls to the ground under the bird feeder.
How to keep rats away from bird feeders 1.
How to keep rats from eating bird seed. And they re particularly fond of foraging on the ground for spilled seed and hulls. I usually buy large sacks of peanuts and seed and keep them in a shed in the garden. Read on to find out more.
Sunflower hearts are better than the whole seed because birds discard the husks creating a build up of waste underneath the feeders. Birds eating from feeders can often make seeds fall to the ground. Once you have achieved good rodent control of rats then using this seed will prevent another occurrence.
It will also provide a place for ground feeding birds to eat. So where there s one there s likely to be the other. Rats eat eggs and nestlings from nests on or near the ground.
It s important that the area under the feeder is cleaned regularly to ensure that rodents do not have an easy and reliable food source in your yard. Discarded seed thrown out by birds and poorly stored seed are probably the most common causes of this. Cardinals catbirds and other birds nesting in low hedges are vulnerable.
So subsidizing rats in any way is harmful to birds. Squirrels mice and rats can invade feeders. Rats can also be disease vectors harming birds as well as humans.
If we love birds when feeding them our mantra should be above all do no harm. Keep the ground clean. Birds and rodents both love to eat seeds.
Follow tip 6 in the list above for more information. Let s look at methods you can use to cut down the probability of mice and rats making your bird feeders their personal kitchen. Fortunately there are easy ways to help stop the rats.
To keep rodents of all kinds away from your bird feeder you need to manage the mess the birds leave behind. Birds can be picky eaters. Fill feeder with no waste bird seed.
It is the easily available seed and other types of bird food at ground level that keeps the rats coming. How to prevent squirrels and rats eating bird food david chapman 08 december 2016. Bird feeders don t actually attract rats.
Mice and rats most often will be initially attracted to the area by coming across spilt seeds underneath your feeder.