How to keep unwanted animals off bird feeders.

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You are on your back porch, looking at your post-mounted bird feeder. What you expect to see is a variety of birds happily grazing.  But in reality, you just see a squirrel feasting on, to him, what feels like an endless buffet.

Now begins the hunt for a way to keep the pests at bay. And we know the myths; funnels, rings, vaseline, plastic tubes, suspension; the list can go on and on.

Our planning department began designing a way to keep pests away with plenty of opportunity for birdwatching. What we found was using our premium nixalite stainless steel spikes, we could effectively deter climbing animals keeping the bird feeder, for the birds.

Premium Nixalite® For Climbing Animal Premium Nixalite spikes are the ideal climbing barrier.



Installed in multiple rows, the Premium Nixalite spikes can prevent even the most determined climbing animals from getting past including squirrels, raccoons, and other critters.


Nixalite’s precisely arranged stainless steel wires present an impassible physical barrier.


When installed properly, there are no gaps for climbing animals to exploit. The flexible base strip makes it easy to install Nixalite on round or oddly shaped surfaces.




Basic Guide to Premium Nixalite Climbing Barriers

  • Vertical Surfaces Only – climbing barriers are ALWAYS installed on vertical or nearly vertical surfaces. Horizontal (down flat) surface protection uses the surface barrier methods detailed in the Premium Nixalite Bird Control section.
  • Multiple Rows – A climbing barrier consists of 6 Rows of Premium Nixalite; 2 rows of Model W (at the top and bottom) and 4 rows of Model S (in the middle). Climbing animals could jump past barriers with less material.
  • Get it off the Ground. A vertical climbing barrier starts at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) off the ground. This prevents an animal from jumping past the barrier from the ground. The higher you can start the barrier, the better your chance of complete success.
  • Proper Barrier Placement. Before installing a barrier, make sure you have accounted for ALL the paths animals use to go up and down the object. Persistent climbing animals could go around an installation that is not properly positioned.


Download Detailed Instructions:

squareobject Climbing Barriers on SQUARE Objects
These guidelines provide the basic steps for installing a climbing animal barrier on a vertical, square or rectangular post.
roundobject Climbing Barriers on ROUND Objects 
These guidelines provide the basic steps for installing a climbing animal barrier on a vertical round pole or post.


– Climbing barriers use Premium Nixalite Model S and Model W only.
– Do not use Blunt Tip Premium Nixalite models for climbing animal barriers.
– Climbing Barriers follow unique installation procedures. Use the square or round object guidelines provided above.