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!
On Jun 4, 2018, at 6:52 AM, Roy Pilcher <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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
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> 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