Raccoons raiding my feeders!
I have a problem with raccoons raiding my hummingbird feeders nearly every night. I have one hanging from an apple tree and one hanging on a short shepherd's hook. They get into both, either knocking them off the hanger or unscrewing the bottom and draining the bottle. Ug! And they are such dirty critters that I need to rewash the feeders every time.
Any suggestions on how to keep them away? I could take them in at night, but I'd likely be splashing/dripping nectar and end up with ants in the house. Would a taller shepherd's hook work?
And on top of all that I rarely see any hummers at all (maybe one every two weeks or so) so I feel like I'm not doing much more than making kool-aid for the 'coons.