How do I keep ants away from my hummingbird feeders?

How do I keep ants away from my hummingbird feeders?

31 December, 2009 (21:08) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin



feeders hang from metal “shepherd’s crooks” which are secured in the ground. Feeders are about 5 feet above the ground and ants climb up the “crooks” and get right into the feeders.
Don’t want to use poison and take a chance on it getting into the hummingbird nectar.

answer: Use an ant moat
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Comments

Comment from michaelmoss30054
Time January 1, 2010 at 2:49 am

ants get where ants want to get..cant think of a cure without killing the birds.You may try wiping insecticide on the pole that may work.
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Comment from snagelfritz
Time January 1, 2010 at 3:33 am

Vaseline at the bottom of the pole about 2-3 inches up the pole. That long of an area to cover.
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Comment from J.D.
Time January 1, 2010 at 4:09 am

Well you could buy a 5’5" tall anteater…

Seriously, treat the ground around the base of the shepherd crooks with your choice of ant treatment. About 12" diameter should do the trick to create an effective barrier..
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Comment from LeAnne
Time January 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

I put crisco in a plastic bag, pull it inside out (so the crisco is on the outside and my hand inside) and rub it up and down the pole until it is invisible. No more ants!
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Comment from anjelkake
Time January 1, 2010 at 4:27 am

Ant traps near the base of the crook. They have outdoor spikes you can get that the birds won’t be harmed by.

Some may say to use Borax (laundry booster) because it’s harmless to birds, and effective against ants, however it looks stupid in your landscaping and you have to reapply it after rain.
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Comment from Otter
Time January 1, 2010 at 4:49 am

Pine sap on your pole. Or vaseline……or bearing grease. etc etc
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Comment from raven_sunn
Time January 1, 2010 at 5:37 am

good question i am over run with ants and im talking a bout those big huge ones and nothing has worked so far.
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