DIY Moat to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeder

It is delightful to watch the hummers as they visit your feeder. But that feeder also attracts ants and bees. Learn how to construct a DIY moat to keep the ants out of your hummingbird feeder.


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Make a plastic cap moat to keep the ants from getting into your hummingbird feeders.


  • 8 - 10 in piece of plastic coated wire
  • 1 plastic cap of some kind
  • glue gun
  • Phillips screw driver


  1. First heat up the Phillips screw driver with a flame, this enables it to go right through the bottom of your plastic cap with ease. Don't make the hole too big, just the same diameter as your wire if possible.
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  3. Next string your wire through, you need at least an 8-10" piece of wire.
  4. Twist the end like in the picture (the bottom part first).
  5. Then twist the other end (which is the top).
  6. Now apply the glue, using the glue gun, really well on the outside on the bottom twist, and let fully dry.
  7. Then apply the hot glue to the inside really well, as we don't want the moat to leak water.
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  9. Now use the bottom 'loop' to hang your feeder from, and the top loop is what you put your hanging wire through.
  10. The moat will be in the middle.
  11. Ants can walk down the wire hanging from a tree or your house eaves, but as soon as they get to the moat, which is before the feeder, they can't go any further (as long as there's water always in it).
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