Having problems with squirrels trying to steal seeds from your bird feeder? One solution: put Vaseline on the pole that leads up to the bird feeder.
In a hilarious viral video, Robert and Nancy Krampf show one easy way to stopping one particular squirrel, which would climb a pole to their bird feeder and run off with its cheeks full of seeds to eat for later.
The 3-minute video shows the animal repeatedly trying to jump onto the pole, but keeps sliding all the way to the bottom every time he jumps.
The Utah couple can be heard in the background laughing as they watch the squirrel’s failed attempts at thievery.
"For anyone who is concerned about the squirrel, he still raids our other two feeders and the vegetable garden," Robert wrote on YouTube. "The tiny amount of Vaseline used is non-toxic, the kind used for lip balm. He quickly learned that this feeder was not worth the trouble, so we have not put more on the pole, and the birds are delighted to actually get some of the bird seed.”
According to the Daily Mail, Robert has a website called “The Happy Scientist,” on which he posts videos teaching people about a myriad of things, including rocks, rubber bands, as well as performing experiments.
“You could find some science in it if you think about friction, animal behavior, etc., but most people enjoy it because of Nancy's funny narrative and sound effects,” he said about the squirrel video, which you can watch below.
Video Source: YouTube/RobertKrampf