Well, yes, they are rodents and yes, they do steal the seed BUT they are so darn clever and determined! We love to watch them try to outwit the baffles on the feeder poles. The soda bottle baffles and the purchased $10.00 plastic ones work so well, much better than the squirrel proof feeder we have (similar to yours). That’s a joke and not worth the money!
I *hate* squirrels. Every year they chew their way into my attic. EVERY year. Squirrels are one living animal that I would have no qualms killing. They are disgusting, smelly, invasive, ugh… just awful. Believe me.. I’m pretty much anti-gun, but I’m considering buying at least a pellet gun to kill our rodents off.