Hot pepper birdseed
can indeed keep squirrels away from your bird feeder. This is a special bird food that is mixed with something incredibly spicy, usually made of things like hot habanero chili pepper
and cayenne pepper.
But still, how can this special bird food provide your bird feeder with a squirrel-proof function？ The special thing that causes the “HEAT” feeling in the mouth is a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin's strong taste and irritating effects make it an unappealing food source for mammals, who are quickly discouraged from attempting to consume the bird seed.
Surprisingly, birds won’t be affected by the spicy taste , they don't have much of a sense of taste or smell, making them immune. As a result, this allows birds to feed undisturbed and prevents the depletion of seed supplies by unwanted visitors.
Moreover, is it really safe for birds and children?
Most organizations were very concerned when this product first appeared in the market, and think it was totally safe for birds. But still, some organizations and individuals worry about undetectable ways that might harm the health of birds. So the safety of this product still can not be completely insured.
can cause skin, eye, and respiratory irritation in humans. Proper handling, such as using gloves and avoiding contact with eyes, is essential when refilling bird feeders with hot pepper birdseed. And it’s not advisable to use this product if there are children in the house.
Can the effect of the product last long?
The answer is a little disappointing : while hot pepper birdseed is effective against most mammals, certain species may develop a tolerance to capsaicin over time, reducing its deterrent effect.
Generally speaking, hot pepper birdseed can only be used conditionally.
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