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Teach squirrels to leave your bird feeder alone with the Squirrel Boss zapper

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We have 2 large bird feeders in my yard that we’ve neglected to fill this year because last summer critters other than the birds, were eating the expensive seed as fast as we could keep the feeders filled. We have a large population of squirrels (and raccoons) in my area who think the feeders have been put up especially for them. They expertly climb up the pole and snack on the seed till their little bellies are full. When I saw the Squirrel Boss on the ABC show Shark Tank, I thought it could be a solution for a bird lover like myself. The Squirrel Boss is a hanging bird feeder that provides a low powered electric shock using a battery powered remote control from up to 200ft away. Don’t worry PETA people, the shock isn’t strong enough to fry the pesky little tree rats. It just scares the seeds out of them. Or at least it’s supposed to. Reading the reviews on Amazon, it seems that there are just as many people who think it works great as those who say it doesn’t work at all. There are 2 big gotchas with this product that you’ll want to consider before purchasing. 1. The only time the Squirrel Boss will send a shock is when you push the button on the remote. That means while you’re not watching the feeder, animals other than birds could be feeding from it. 2. You have to charge the feeder cap once a week, which I’d be way too lazy to do after the first time. Still interested? You can purchase one through the main site for $74.99, or save a few bucks and go through Amazon.

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  • Rainydayinterns August 13, 2013, 10:14 pm

    If you have a second story window….hang the feeder there! You can also try making one of these…

    http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2013/Home/June/Week2/RDMHomeJun1413.htm#IKEAHack_WindowBirdfeederUpdate

  • Ryan Chapman August 13, 2013, 11:42 pm

    I like watching this animation over and over…

  • Joyce Hunt August 14, 2013, 8:42 am

    I really enjoyed watching this video.. Especially after watching the squirrels chew through my brand new squirrel-proof feeder.
    sigh

  • Julie Strietelmeier August 14, 2013, 8:55 am

    @Joyce last year the little buggers were eating the wood siding on our garage!

  • Lex August 14, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Squirrels: Nature’s little speed bumps.

  • LucyP August 15, 2013, 2:29 pm

    It’s absurd that people who claim to love one species of animal (birds), spend time and money to cruelly lure and shock another (squirrels). Putting out food of any kind inevitably lures animals of all kinds, and sadly, cruelty often results. Squirrels experience pain and suffering the same as any bird or kitten would and they are just trying to survive and feed their young. They don’t deserve to be targeted for doing what comes naturally. People who don’t want squirrels or raccoons in their yards should remove the feeders entirely, and instead provide a backyard habitat for birds by planting native bushes, trees, and flowers.

  • Julie Strietelmeier August 15, 2013, 2:31 pm

    @LucyP this product doesn’t hurt the squirrel any more than a static shock from a door knob hurts you. It’s been designed to startle them and make them afraid of trying to feed from that location in the future.

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