Madison, Wisconsin

Bob & Jan Ross

Bob & Jan Ross

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Madison, Wisconsin

8402 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53562

Phone: (608) 664-1414
Fax: (608) 664-1416
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: We are located just West of the Beltline exit to Old Sauk Road about 1.5 blocks, just west one store after the Walgreens on your right, at the intersection of Old Sauk Road and Junction Road.

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Helpful Hints in Discourage Squirrels

The following was offered by the National wildlife Federation. 

Here are a few tips to help keep squirrels at bay!

  1. Hang moth ball stockings. Fill old nylon stockings with eight to ten mothballs and hang them near feeding stations. Just add more mothballs to keep the scent strong. Gardeners who do this report the smell keeps the squirrels away, but birds don't seem to mind it.

  2. Surprise squirrels with Slinkys. Try this trick for just about four dollars—affix one end of a Slinky to the top of the feeder pole and allow the rest to hang so that the pole runs up through the Slinky. Squirrels will try to jump on the pole but grab the flexible toy instead, finding themselves back on the ground.

  3. Use a pipe pole. The same pipe used for plumbing can be an effective deterrent for squirrels. Using the pipe as a post on which a bird feeder is mounted prevents the creatures from getting any traction—they just slide down.

  4. Switch to safflower. A growing number of backyard birders have switched from sunflower seeds to safflower seeds in their bird feeders. It's popular with cardinals, house finches, chickadees, nuthatches and mourning doves, but the safflower doesn't appeal to squirrels.

  5. If you can't beat 'em, feed 'em. Tried everything else? Some homeowners find that intentionally feeding squirrels on the ground, a distance away from bird feeders, keeps them out of bird feeders. It's cheap, plus some birds—like pine siskins—are actually attracted to the feeding area on the ground.