Bye bye Raccoons

Asked June 12, 2019, 10:05 PM EDT

If I bring in the bird feeder at night, the raccoons will stay away, right? What about nocturnal flying squirrels...I would like them to stay

Hampden County Massachusetts

1 Response

Bringing in feeders at night will discourage raccoons (and bears). It doesn't mean the raccoons will go completely away, as there may be other attractions for them.

Flying squirrels are also attracted to bird feeders. Their primary diet is seeds and nuts - and some insects. As long as you have a diverse ecosystem in your yards with nut and seed sources, they will likely hang around.