FEEDER PLACEMENT & BAFFLES
A baffle is a physical barrier designed to keep squirrels and other critters from climbing up a pole or down a feeder hanger. For best results, use a baffle with every feeder. Trust us: critters will find the one feeder that doesn’t have a deterrent!
Use pole baffles for feeders that are mounted in place.
Pole baffles may be shaped like a disk, cone or torpedo. Most pole baffles attach by resting on a clamp that grips the pole. There are also baffles available for 4″ × 4″ posts that mount using brackets and screws. When you install a baffle, place it so that the top is at least 5′ from the ground. If using a cone or disk baffle, make sure your feeders do not hang below the top of the baffle.
Use a dome-shaped hanging baffle for feeders hanging from a tree.
When hanging a feeder from a tree, you’ll want to use a dome-shaped hanging baffle, typically made of heavy-duty plastic or metal. Select a baffle that’s at least 14″ wide. The baffle should be able to teeter on its setting so that when squirrels jump, the baffle tilts and squirrels immediately slide off. For best results, hang the baffle with a metal chain, then hook your feeder beneath it.
While dome baffles aren’t as effective as pole baffles in preventing squirrels from raiding feeders, they certainly discourage would-be attackers! When placed strategically and used with feeders that serve seeds squirrels don’t prefer, the effectiveness of hanging-type baffles increases.