Tired of squirrels raiding your bird feeder? Squirrels can can clean out a feeder in no time. And it’s so exasperating to watch them parked there, gulping down the bird food while your birds get nothing. You spent good money on bird seed, but until you get rid of the squirrels, you won’t see many birds. Hmmm, maybe it’s time for a little change!
Our customers have been asking for a squirrel-repelling bird seed and we responded. Cole’s Hot Meats are pure sunflower hearts–the seed that attracts the most backyard birds. But these seed meats have a twist–they’re coated with safflower oil and concentrated habanero chili peppers. Habaneros are among the hottest peppers in the world! Cole’s also makes hot Cajun Cardinal seed and Flaming Squirrels that you can add to your own bird seed.
When you see a squirrel after he gets a taste of Hot Meats, you might even feel sorry for him as he twitches, shakes his head, sneezes, rubs his face and dashes to the bird bath for a long drink of water. But don’t worry–the burning sensation does no harm at all and eventually goes away. But one thing’s for sure–he won’t try that again!
Why does hot pepper keep squirrels away, but doesn’t bother the birds? It’s simple really. The chili pepper plant has evolved over time to be attractive to birds, but distasteful to squirrels. When a bird eats a chili seed, the seed remains intact and passes through to the bird’s droppings where they are spread over a wide area, helping to distribute the plant. But the digestive tracts of mammals destroy the chili seeds. So, as a defense mechanism, chili plants taste hot to mammals and act as a repellent, while birds can’t taste the heat at all.
If you have a lot of squirrels, each one will have to taste the seed to know its effect. But one by one, your squirrels will be gone for good. Happy Birding!