Sally Stranix, 64, has been smearing Vaseline on the stand of her bird feeder to stop one “greedy” squirrel from feasting on the food she leaves out for winged friends, according to a report from South West News Service.
The gray squirrel in question had been climbing up the feeder Stranix keeps in her garden on a “daily basis” before the grandmother of six decided to try the petroleum jelly product as a deterrent.
Now the persistent, bushy-tailed rodent tries to stop by for a snack but slides right back down the pole before it can reach the feeder.
“I think it’s quite a young squirrel, because it’s quite small, and the bigger ones seem to know how to just jump up to the bird feeder, whereas this one climbs the pole,” Stranix told SWNS. “I’ve been using Vaseline for a few weeks now – it stops the squirrel from getting to the bird food, although it doesn’t stop it from coming back. But every time it tries to climb the pole, back down it goes.”
Prior to using Vaseline, Stranix says she had been searching for squirrel deterrents. However, she opted for this method instead.
Representatives for Vaseline and its parent company Unilever did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.