How to Keep Ants Away From Your Hummingbird Feeder

Many hummingbird feeder owners struggle with keeping ants away from their sugary nectar. Luckily, there are various effective strategies that can prevent ants from reaching the feeder without using toxic pesticides. One effective solution is installing an ant moat (also called an ant guard) above their feeder which features a shallow trough filled with water wherein trapped ants can be caught before reaching feeder ports – or make your own using common household items like soda bottles and coat hangers!

An ant moat serves multiple functions at your hummingbird feeder: keeping ants from reaching the nectar; protecting sugar from being contaminated with formic acid that could harm or kill small birds; and coating its rod with food oils, shortening or petroleum jelly (Vaseline). Unfortunately this often leads to dryout or collecting dirt, allowing ants to travel around its barrier more freely.

Ant moats provide a natural deterrent against ants, while also helping reduce their chances of invading bird baths and wildlife feeders. If using one for your hummingbird feeder or another type, monitor regularly and clean as necessary so as to prevent infestation.

Ant moats are an easy, non-toxic way to keep ants at bay around your hummingbird feeder and they come in various sizes and styles at various prices. Some models even double up as drinking cups! For added protection against entry of unwanted guests, some guards can even be coated in mineral oil or another liquid to further discourage their entry.

Some hummingbird enthusiasts choose to relocate their feeders in order to prevent problems with ants, however this may not be practical and may not completely eliminate them. For a more effective and eco-friendly solution, installing or building an ant moat may be more suitable; take into consideration size, location, weather conditions and potential risks to hummingbirds when selecting or designing one yourself – delicate creatures should never be put at any unnecessary risk!

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