Concentrated sugar water used to feed hummingbirds attracts ants. Then the ants then drive the hummingbirds birds away and you have an ant problem. In the past, mineral oil, Vaseline or a very fine fishing line inserted between the branch and the hummingbird feeder were recommended. There are several inexpensive products on the market to keep ants away from hummingbird feeders that we like much better:
Stokes Select Hanging Ant Moat $3.99 at Kmart
Red Flower Ant Moat $5.99 at Duncraft
WoodLink 3-In Plastic Bird Feeder Ant Guard $12.09 at Lowes
All these hummingbird feeder accessories use water to create a moat that floats above the feeder. The ants can’t cross the water to climb down to the hummingbird feeder. Ingenious! (Do clean out the moat periodically as it may be a water source for other birds.)At Thrasher Termite and Pest Control, we make homes healthy through effective pest control, termite inspections, and termite control. No gimmicks, no nonsense, and when we’re done, no pests. Satisfaction Guaranteed. We’re licensed, bonded and insured. Our family owned business has offices in Silicon Valley
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