Q: Dear Dave,
I found an article in one of your recent newsletters about putting chile powder in the bird feeder to keep out squirrels. My Mom has always had trouble with squirrels so I forwarded the article to her. She lives in SC where apparently the squirrels have quite a passion for spicy food because it seems that they are thriving on her new fiery bird seed! I told her to get some of the good stuff from the ethnic foods isle cause her powder mightbe old enough to have lost its punch. She says they still love the seed…She is putting a couple of tablespoons of powder in with the seed. Is this not enough? The article didn’t say how much to use. Do you have any suggestions? They’re bringing their friends it seems! Signed, SC squirrels in love.
A: Hello Jeannette:
I have read conflicting reports about this, and it may be that your mother’s bird seed doesn’t have hot enough chile powder in it. I would use crushed habaneros or habanero powder to the percentage of 1 tablespoon per cup of bird seed.