Keeping snakes away from your bird feeder can be a challenge, so we decided to take a look at some of the best snake baffles for bird houses to keep snakes away from preying on birds.
Here are some examples of baffles you can use to keep snakes away from your feeders:
This 18 inch baffle, intended for squirrels, also works at guarding against snakes at your feeder as it is difficult for them to work their way around the baffle. These types of baffles can be found online as well as at most local lawn and garden shops.
How to Keep Snakes Away From Bird Feeders and Bird Houses
If a baffle such as the one pictured above is unsuccessful in keeping snakes away, you may need to pursue other options. Here are some tips for keeping snakes away from bird houses:
Call an Exterminator: If the snakes are truly a problem (and let’s face it, most of us do not really like snakes!) – then hiring an exterminator or calling animal control may be your first line of defense and truly the only way to get rid of the snake problem. A good snake exterminator will not only remove snakes from your property, but also check nearby for eggs and its nest to ensure no more snakes return. Try to use an exterminator that offers a guarantee of one year or longer if possible to remove the snakes from your yard or garden.
Try Building Your Own Baffle: There are many tutorials online for building a stove pipe snake baffle that may prove effective guarding against snakes. However, this will require some knowledge of metal working in order to create the snake baffle.
Try Coating the Pole With Petroleum Jelly: There is a lot of debate about this one as to whether or not it really actually works. Some swear by it, while others claim it does not work. This is most likely because for some snakes it will deter them, but for more ambitious and capable snakes, such as the rat snake, it will not stop them.
We know it can be frustrating to have a bird house and constantly be worried about snakes preying on your birds, especially bluebirds and other songbirds. If you have any questions you’d like to ask about snake proofing your bird house, feel free to share them in the comments section below.
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