Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Keeping ants out of hummingbird feeders is important, especially if you enjoy watching hummingbirds in your backyard. Ants can be annoying and can go after the food that you've left for hummingbirds. Here are some tips to help you keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder.

One of the most effective ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder is to use a natural remedy, one which you can probably put together using materials in your home. It involves a plastic container and a good dose of cinnamon. To make the ant deterrent, cut a hole in the bottom of the container and slide it over the top of the bird feeder. Fill the bottom with cinnamon, which ants hate. The scent alone should deter ants from coming into your hummingbird feeder, but if it doesn't, they'll slip into the plastic container and be unable to get out. 

There are other remedies to keeping ants out of hummingbird feeders. Some of these include using other substances on the bird feeder to keep ants away. Cornmeal and chalk are among them.

You can also try putting something on the hummingbird feeder which will make it difficult or impossible for ants to get onto the feeder. Vegetable oil works well for this. Just make sure that you reapply whichever substance you use regularly, especially after it rains.

You can always try to keep the ants out of your hummingbird feeder using water. People have come up with all sorts of contraptions to fill with water and set on top of a hummingbird feeder. This will keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder.

One thing you should avoid when trying to keep ants off of your hummingbird feeder is insecticide and other substances which shouldn't be ingested by young birds, such as Vaseline. Even if an adult hummingbird knows enough not to eat the substance, it can get onto their feathers and then end up in the young hummingbirds.

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