Don’t Feed Stinking Squirrels!

February 3, 2013 | By | Comments (62)

Another furry parasite mooching a free meal. Photo by markyharky.

I hate squirrels. Hate them, hate, hate them, hate them! They gobble my birdseed, dig up my plants, gnaw on my wires, and nest in my attic. And it’s all the fault of you people. You squirrel feeders out there.

See, rodent reproduction is directly tied to the food supply (unlike human reproduction, which is directly tied the apple-tini supply). The more food, the more baby squirrels. So imagine Grumpy’s horror and outrage when he went to buy birdseed for his cardinals, chickadees, finches, and tufted titmice yesterday, and discovered this:

Squirrel food

What’s next? Premium Rat Food? Photo by Steve Bender.

Squirrel food? Like we don’t suffer from enough stinking squirrels already? And look what else it’s supposed to attract. Raccoons? Geese? “Other outdoor pets?” Like what? Rats? Weasels? Possums? Armadillos? Velociraptors???????? Sure let’s all buy our pet squirrel an automatic pet feeder why don’t we?! Where is this country going?

Let Grumpy be clear. If he ever sees one of you walking out of Wal-Mart carrying a bag of this, you are dead to him.

What You Can Do
We cannot accept our pristine, serene world of order and reason to be adulterated by eco-terrorists who feed squirrels and thereby ruin the balance of Mother Nature. Therefore, here are three easy things you and I can do to counter their insidious perfidy.

1. Buy a squirrel-resistant birdfeeder. (Note that I did not say “squirrel-proof.” A pesky squirrel can conquer just about anything, because driving people nuts is its sole reason for existence.) You can get these devices at garden and home centers. You can also order them online from Duncraft, Wildbeaks, and Perky Pet. Or you can take a really cheapo plastic feeder and do with it what Grumpy did.

Bird feeder

My cheapo feeder with guard gnome.               Photo by Steve Bender.

I told you it was cheap. But it feeds my birds and has never fallen victim to stinking squirrels. How? I hang it on a thin wire from an outside branch of my crepe myrtle. I made sure it’s too far from the ground or the crepe myrtle for squirrels to jump to it.

2. Fill your feeder with squirrel-proof seed. Cole’s puts out a whole line of bird food treated with hot pepper. Birds cannot sense the pepper and it does them absolutely no harm. But when squirrels eat the pepper-treated seeds, it sets their flea-bitten, ravenous mouths on fire. I’ve tried this and it works. No squirrel asks for seconds. You can get Cole’s products at most garden and home centers.

3. Treat squirrels as a renewable source of human nutrition, just as our forefathers did. Here’s my son, Brian, preparing a squirrel for our Thanksgiving dinner. Organic gardeners, please note — our squirrel is free-range, locally grown, and never fed hormones or antibiotics.

Yummy squirrel

Yummy squirrel. Photo by Steve Bender.

Not sure how to fix squirrel? No problem! Enjoy this quick & easy recipe for squirrel stew from my colleagues at Oxmoor House. Mmmmmmmm. Now that’s good eatin’!


  1. Steve Bender

    Northern Scott,

    Bless your heart!

    April 9, 2017 at 8:54 am
  2. Northern Scott

    It’s not ” stinking squirrels ” but half-wit southerns… In closing, YOU lost! Have a wonderful day =)

    March 27, 2017 at 7:35 am
  3. Steve Bender

    I answer people’s questions, just like this one.

    March 2, 2017 at 10:18 am
  4. Someone

    Why do you respond to so many of the comments?

    February 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  5. Someone

    Why do you have to respond to EVERY comment?

    February 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  6. Steve Bender


    I think I love you.

    January 28, 2017 at 8:48 am
  7. terryliciareed

    If you feed squirrels, you DO know their cousins, second cousins and fifth cousins will come running! They’ve got ‘food radar’ better than most animals. And they’ll bring their buddies, the rats, with them!! Once it gets nice and populated, they’ll soon look for new housing … YOUR house! Those nasty squirrels will find the tiniest hole and in they come — tearing up the insulation for nesting, starting fires chewing on wiring … oh boy, ain’t we got fun? And that does not include the diseases they will bring! You better think twice … “DO NOT FEED THE SQUIRRELS” signs were created long ago for a purpose, now you see them in cartoons only. Humans have forgotten WHY the signs were created in the first place. Who is the smartest mammal? BTW, I prefer my squirrel breaded and pan fried, like Mamaw used to make … with mashed taters and gravy! mmmm mmmm GOOD!

    January 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  8. Grumpy Gardener


    Oh, but I have plenty of love in my life. I love watching James shoot squirrels!

    May 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  9. S (@PussiCat48)

    Steve you are one sad human being. I can see you weren’t loved very much in your life (not even by your family). You should seek for help

    May 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm
  10. James

    If it makes you feel better I use that squirrel food you were complaining about to lure them out into the open so I can pop their heads off from afar with a .22 rifle. They make for some good eating!

    December 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm
  11. Grumpy Gardener


    Get a cat.

    September 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm
  12. gertie

    Want to get rid of sqirrel did not know they multiple so fast and become pest. They are adorable. I saw one that look like he was praying and asking for food. So I fed him now he sits in my chair on my porch. Help!

    September 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

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