How can I keep ants off the hummingbird feeders?

How can I keep ants off the hummingbird feeders?

7 January, 2010 (03:17) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin

My hummingbird feeders are covered with ants. The birds do not feed as often as I have seen them do in the past when there were no ants. I have tried ‘natural’ ant sprays, but they only work for a very short time.

use vasoline on the wire/hanger they cant cross it without being stuck in

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Comment from skinsfan8017
Time January 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

There is a thing called an ant moat available at home supply stores. It’s a little cup that you hang on the wire above the feeder filled with water. The ants can’t get passed it.
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Comment from dr_nich_420
Time January 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

use vasoline on the wire/hanger they cant cross it without being stuck in
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Comment from sunflwr324
Time January 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

My mother used to have 10 hummingbird feeders spread throughout our backyard and she tried a variety of methods …

1.If your feeder is a window unit you can use a piece of chalk to draw a line around the feeder. For some reason ants will not cross a chalk line

2. If the feeder hangs from a branch or a pole you can grease the top of the pole with unscented vasoline. Again, the ants wont cross this

3. Whatever type of feeder you have you can smear liquid dish detergent on the bottom of the feeder and on the top (Any where except the actual feeder holes … be careful not to get anything in the food).

4. Also, many feeders have an ant dam built in … make sure to keep it filled with soapy water to deter any creepy crawlys from helping themselves to your sweet nector.
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Comment from kris
Time January 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

I poke the hook through a dixie cup & spray it with avon skin so soft. Its slippery so the ants have trouble getting out once they get in. Plus they hate the smell. Some hummingbird feeders are ant proof. You may want to shop for one of those if the problem persists.
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Comment from jt
Time January 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

Smear petrolatum (Vaseline) on the wire hanger. Ants cannot climb over petrolatum.
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Comment from M J
Time January 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

I have tried the vaseline on the hooks to keep ants out – it worked for abour a day – then I guess all the ants put on their work boots and they are now crossing it like crazy and eating all the nectar. Little Buggers! I’m going to try that dixie cup idea but spray Pam in it like I read on another website. We’ll see how that works – not much summer left here in NY State! I want my hummers! (the kinds with wings)
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my 7 hummingbird feeders

Comment from Lorraine
Time June 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I put two way clear sticky tape around the feeder area that attaches to house

Comment from kathy pepke
Time June 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Ok, I tried the Vaseline and they crawled over it with no problem.

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