How to Keep Ants off Hummingbird Feeders

Easy steps to keep your hummingbird feeders insect free.

Do you have a problem with ants and other insects getting into your hummingbird feeder? Would you like a few tips on how to keep them away so you can enjoy more hummingbirds?

The first thing you might want to do is consider your location carefully. Look around, are there rocks and logs near the area that you want to hang your feeder? These are places ants like to hide and build their homes, avoid these types of area.

Hang hummingbird feeders high from a hook in a location where you can see and enjoy them. Try hanging them from a gutter or a tree rather than a pole in the ground or some place low where ants can easily climb up.

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Check your feeders daily for cracks or drips and keep them clean. Clean feeders at least once each week. Any sugar water dripping on the ground will attract ants to your feeder. If you find a drippy feeder, it should be replaced.

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Use an “Ant moat” to keep ants off. You can make one by punching a small hole in a plastic soda bottle cap and then stringing it on your feeder hook right side up, with the open area facing down. Fill the inside of the cap with (Vaseline) petroleum jelly. Ants will avoid the greasy moat and won’t be able to cross for access to your hummingbird feeder.

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To deter bees and wasps soak a cotton ball or Q-tip with vegetable oil and brush it on feeder holes. The oily surface will prevent insects from landing there. Try planting desirable flowers such as coneflowers or monarda near the location of your hummingbird feeders. This will give bees another option to feed on, and the hummingbirds will be attracted to them too.

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