I think one my favorite posts (because of the comments I received) was the one I had a month or so ago about the backyard birds that visit. I loved hearing from everyone about how they enjoy watching and feeding them, too.
A few weeks ago, this critter started visiting.
I caught it up on each pole at least once, so yesterday I did some Googling for a remedy. Of course, I could go to the bird store and buy a raccoon baffle (we already have squirrel baffles) but they are $45 and I need two. I would much rather spend $90 on something else--like fabric, so alternate ideas are appealing.
The idea I came across involves the following supplies:
Carpet tacks come in different sizes, I got the largest. They were $1.30 a pack and I got three packs.
In total, I spent just over $5.
The process is to poke the carpet tacks through the inside of the insulation.
The result is that the raccoon is not going to want to climb with all those painful tacks poking out all over.
This morning when I checked the feeders, I was disappointed to see that one of them had been pillaged, despite the new deterrent. I think the problem is that on that pole, the baffle was too low, so we will try again by lifting the baffle and the insulation higher. Hopefully that will work, otherwise I'm going to have to get the raccoon baffles.
Do any of you have any good solutions?