Ants in Hummingbird Feeder?

How do I get rid of ants from a hummingbird feeder?

By Sally


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July 12, 20120 found this helpful
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It is called an ant trap or oil cup and it hangs between the feeder and whatever you have the feeder hanging on. Ant traps are filled with oil and you should be able to find one wherever you find hummer feeders. 10W30 or some such is the best choice as ants can walk short distances on water.

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October 6, 20160 found this helpful
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Please do not use any oil products near a hummingbird feeder. The ant moats are to be filled with water. Please NO VASELINE. Please please do not spray your feeders with Pam spray. Don't put any oils, Vicks Vapor Rub, Pam Cooking Spray, Duct Tape, Off, Skin-so-soft, or Vaseline on your hummingbird feeder. These may work slightly. However, hummingbirds have a tendency to fly around frantically and bump into feeders quite often.


They also land on shepards hooks and if there is oily stuff or duct tape on the feeder, it can get into the feathers. The hummingbirds will have a hard time getting it off and it's not all that good for them. They can't get it off their feathers and it will lead to hypothermia and death. Plus, most of these items will melt in the heat making goo run all over the place. Please don't use these items.

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful

The problem with the little motes with water the water is gone in very little time so you are need to stand out side and fill them all the time these has to be a way

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June 18, 20200 found this helpful

Years ago, I read that putting grass clippings at the base of the Shepard's Hook would keep the ants off the feeder. Works for me...I just replace the grass each time I mow.

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