How To Keep Critters From Spilled Birdseed Under Bird Feeder

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Q: I just bought a bird feeder. I read an article that said that spilled birdseed underneath a feeder could attract rats. How can I prevent a potential problem?

A: Always use high-quality birdseed. Mixes that contain black oil sunflower seed, sunflower kernels, and peanuts are guaranteed to be eaten by your birds. They won’t scratch through seeds they don’t like looking for things they do like. Avoid millet and corn. A few birds eat them but they aren’t the favorite seeds of songbirds. Consider buying a seed catcher tray that goes directly under the feeder to keep everything outreach of chipmunks and rats.

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