Keep putting out bird seed, keep feeding the wildlife, and I'll continue to have a job.
Bird feeders are the number one attractant around homes for ALL wildlife. Birds are picky,, and messy. They can & will root around a feeder for specific seeds. They knock out or throw out other seeds,, which fall to the ground. Seed on the ground causes mice, rats, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, skunks to all search for free seed.
Decomposing seed creates an environment on the ground that attracts larva laying bugs to deposit their eggs in the ground.
Skunks, coons, moles etc all enjoy this as well.
The snakes find the bird feeder area a target rich hunting area, as do other predators such as coons, foxes, bobcats etc.
And of course, even deer like the occasional seed based addition to their diet. Lastly, bears find bird feeders an easy source of food and will destroy feeders, and other things around searching for food.
Basically, a bird feeder is a total life cycle for all wildlife.
Where do I come in? Well, ALL animals that find a easy & free meal will soon equate the location as their primary food source,, so they want to locate their nests or dens close by. And where is that?
Just today,, I did (2) service call inspections of (2) houses about squirrels. Specifically Flying Squirrels. And guess what I found? Bird feeders at both locations. Bare dirt, littered with seed hulls, & wasted seed.
So, when the mice, flying squirrels, etc figure out the free food, and follow that by moving into the home,, it won't be long until the black snake figures out where they are & will also enter the home. (I found 3 skins in the attic of one home today.) When I tell that to the lady of the house,, I OFTEN hear; "I'm moving out!"
But hey,, the birds are fun to watch!
Thanks for keeping guys like me in business.
If a person MUST have a bird feeder,, then a few thoughts.
Put the feeder well away from the home and next to other cover, such as trees, bushes etc. Keep the space between the feeder and the home open, exposed & very clean. Prey species do not like excessive exposure.
And realize that no feeder is 100% totally squirrel proof. Even the one mentioned above. A flying squirrel is much smaller than it's cousin, the gray squirrel. And if feeder is made of plastic,, squirrels WILL eventually chew them open.