Here is what I like about the Squirrel Stopper:
- As the name implies, the Squirrel Stopper is the best pre-made squirrel proof bird feeder pole around. To accomplish the almost impossible feat of stopping squirrels, a spring-loaded baffle is attached to the pole. This means that it can move up, down, and side to side. Squirrels can’t get past the baffle!
Here is exactly how the baffle works.
Just imagine a squirrel trying to climb up the pole. It’s impossible!
- The pole can hold up to 8 bird feeders (or hanging plants) from the upper cross tubes. Even though there are 8 hooks, in my opinion, you can fit four bird feeders comfortably on the ends of each of the cross tubes. If you have small or skinny tube feeders, then you can probably hang a few more on the inside hooks. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HANGING HEAVY HOPPER STYLE BIRD FEEDERS FROM THE POLE or you risk having the pole lean over time.
- The installation of this bird feeder pole was relatively simple and straightforward. It took me about half an hour from opening the box to having the Squirrel Stopper installed and in the ground. The instructions that come in the box are not great, but luckily building this pole is not rocket science. Thankfully, no tools are required; everything you need comes in the box. View a PDF of the instructions here!
- Screwing the pole in the ground was surprisingly easy. There is an auger that attaches to the bottom of the pole, and then you use one of the cross tubes to screw it down into the ground. It took less than a minute to get the pole almost two feet underground!
- It looks classy! I used to use cheap shepherds hooks to hang my feeders and it looked bad. The Squirrel Stopper pole will instantly make your backyard look like you have a legitimate bird feeding station.
- The construction of the Squirrel Stopper is sturdy. The pole is made of 16 gauge steel and includes a black powder coat finish. The vertical pole has a diameter of 2″. The horizontal cross tubes at the top have a diameter of 1″.
Before I purchased my Squirrel Stopper, I noticed some users complained that it would rust over time. I never had this issue. But rust could be prevented by spraying on some sort of preventer like Rust-Oleum (Clear) periodically.
*If you film or take a picture of a squirrel or raccoon climbing this pole, send me the proof and I will refund your money immediately. The squirrel must have climbed the pole, and not jumped from a nearby tree. 🙂