Ants on my hummingbird feeders ....

janie58(5a)May 21, 2010

Hi all,

Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep ants off hummingbird feeders? I have my feeder suspended from a metal plant hanger (curved hook on a 5 foot metal pole buried in the dirt) that the ants climb up on and then crawl down onto the feeder. I have tried rubbing vasoline on the pole, spraying the pole with cooking spray or cooking oil, but that doesn't seem to stop the ants from reaching the feeders. Any suggestions would be a great help. :)

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Put tanglefoot, grease, or any long lasting sticky stuff at the base of the pole. You could also use the cap of an aerosol can (spray paint or whatever) that has two chambers (one for over the nozzle and one over the can). Drill a hole in the middle of the inner chamber just big enough for the wire of the feeder and slip the cap on. Fill the outer chamber with water to act as a moat...if you remember to keep it full. Tough to put into words, maybe I'll snap a pic.


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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Duct tape and Tanglefoot.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 11:21AM
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I take my feeder down and while it's down i spray the pole(shepards hook) with Pam,ya know the stuff you use in the kitchen when cooking!! LOL It works like a charm,and i've been doing it this way for years.Only have to do it 2 or 3 times a year.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 5:16PM
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