I use the Parasol umbrella ant moats shown here and have not had a single
ant on a feeder in years. They work like a charm and they're attractive.
On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 7:36 AM, Sheridan Brown (NH) <
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> I prefer a thin coat of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on the bottom 10 inches
> of the hummingbird feeder poles. Holds up all summer, ants turn around
> when they encounter it (they live), and very few ants ever reach the
> Sounds like you already have enough work making fresh nectar for 10
> feeders! This solution is low maintenance.
> Sheridan Brown
> Grantham, NH
> > On Jun 4, 2018, at 6:55 AM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > The big ant traps work, but the small ones built into some “flying
> saucer” feeders aren’t always effective. We’ve got ten hummingbird feeders,
> on several poles, and I wanted a method to protect them all.
> > The olive oil is an interesting idea. I’d never heard that!
> > Maeve
> >> On Jun 4, 2018, at 6:52 AM, Roy Pilcher <00000022ffe6db53-dmarc-
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> >> A simple ant trap would do the job! A small plastic cup, ~2 inches in
> diameter and a paper clip is all that is required. Pin hole through center
> of cup . Thread paper clip then bend for double hook, one above one below.
> >> Olive oil or some such in the cup.
> >> Cheers, Roy Pilcher
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Richard Harlow <[log in to unmask]>
> >> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
> >> Sent: Sun, Jun 3, 2018 9:17 pm
> >> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] ants at hummingbird feeders - solved???
> >> How often did you have to reapply the tape during the summer? Or, was
> >> one tape all you needed to do.
> >> Dick Harlow
> >>> On 6/3/18 18:15, Maeve Kim wrote:
> >>> Halfway through last summer, our hummingbird feeders were immediately
> full of ants, lots of ants. In desperation, I wrapped the bottom 2’ or so
> of the poles on which there were hummer feeders with the blue tape that’s
> sold for edging when you’re painting - sticky side out. It worked
> wonderfully (although the sight of the blue tape dotted with tiny dead
> bodies wasn’t very lovely) so I applied more tape this year. I think this
> is the solution!
> >>> Maeve Kim
> >>> Jericho Center