For bird lovers, the sight of a squirrel hanging off the side of a bird feeder means just one thing: war. Sure, squirrels have to eat, too, and no one wants to harm the persistent critters. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with squirrels scarfing down the seed you put out for the birds, damaging your feeders and bumping up your blood pressure. It’s possible to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder  with the right seed mix and some humane squirrel-control tactics.
Choose squirrel-repelling seed
Birds, like people, are selective when it comes to food – they’ll sort through mixed seed to find what they like and ditch the rest on the ground below the feeder. Squirrels, however, are not so picky. They’ll eat the cast-offs on the ground and then move on to the good stuff in the feeder and devour that, too.
Taste aversion – serving seed that squirrels consider downright distasteful – is an effective way to keep squirrels out of bird feeders. Try a seed blend that uses hot, spicy flavor to repel squirrels  while appealing to birds.
Squirrel-proof your bird feeders
Another option is to try to make the birdseed in your feeders less accessible to squirrels — although that can be hard to do since squirrels are smart problem-solvers. You may find you get the best results from a combination of the following methods.
Give squirrels their own food source
Sometimes you just can’t win the war and the squirrels refuse to leave . Or maybe you have a soft spot for those fluffy-tailed felons. When you can’t seem to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder, another option is to serve them something they’ll find even more appealing than bird seed.
Squirrels love whole, dried corn-on-the-cob and loose dried corn. Cole’s offers Critter Munchies , a blend of whole yellow corn, striped sunflower, peanuts in the shell, black oil sunflower and raw peanuts. Serve on an open platform-style feeder. Or place an ear of dried corn on a stick. A stake or pinecone can be coated with peanut butter.
Set up your squirrel feeding station away from bird feeders and make it as easy as possible for the squirrels to access their feeder filled with temptations like nuts, corn and berries.
If you can make peace with the squirrels by keeping them out of your bird feeders, these intelligent characters and their antics can be a welcome sight in your backyard.