Solving the Problem of Ants

Ants are a common problem with hummingbird feeders. This problem can be very frustrating and hinder your enjoyment of your hummingbird feeders and these amazing birds. This blog post will offer some solutions to this problem. 
The best thing to do to prevent the problem of ants at your hummingbird feeder is to block their passage to the feeder. This can be done through the use of Vaseline or tanglefoot, which is a sticky substance commonly found in garden stores. You would place the substance on whatever is holding the feeder, usually a pole or wire.
Some people choose to wrap a strip of cloth that has been soaked in insect repellant around whatever is supporting the feeder. A brief word of caution here, if you choose to use this method or even if you use a spray insect repellant, please be sure that none of it gets into the hummingbird feeding solution. 
Another suggestion of how to prevent ants is to sprinkle some ginger around your feeder pole. For whatever reason, once you do this, the ants won’t go near the area. I have no idea why this works, but several people have told me that it does. Give it a try and see it for yourself.
You can also prevent ants and other insects from drinking all the nectar in your hummingbird feeder by hanging your feeder using a piece of clear nylon sewing thread. The tread is very fine and slippery, thus preventing the ants or other insects from climbing it and reaching the nectar.
I hope you have found these suggestions to be helpful. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to offer them. After all, it is impossible for anyone to know all the answers to a common problem like this.
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3 Responses to Solving the Problem of Ants

  • John says:

    What a great setof suggestions about dealing with ants. I’ll be sure to tell my wife. It’s good to know we’re not the only one with ant problems around the hummingbird feeder. I suppose it’s to be expected because of the sugar content.


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