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How To Make an Ant Moat for Your Hummingbird Feeder

By Xeramtheum
May 2, 2013

Love my hummingbird feeders but hate the ants -- after trying numerous ‘fixes’ to keep ants out of the feeders, I came up with my own fix that actually works using a can cap, wire, and cork.

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May 2, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Perfectly clear instructions that are clean and easy to understand! Thumbs up Thumbs up

and good re-purposing for a great way to keep the ants away from the feeder.
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Xeramtheum
May 2, 2013 12:16 PM CST
Thanks! they really are easy to make.
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wildflowers
May 2, 2013 1:46 PM CST
I've never used an ant guard or mote on my hummingbird feeders, but I will be making these now.

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Marilyn
May 2, 2013 4:40 PM CST
I've been buying and using these (red) for years. The songbirds love to drink out of the ant moats! Lovey dubby Thumbs up It's like personal watering holes for them! Hurray! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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May 2, 2013 5:55 PM CST
You can also put petroleum jelly on the string of the feeder to discourage ants. Ants don't like the sticky stuff.
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Xeramtheum
May 2, 2013 6:33 PM CST
I tried that and something called tangle foot - I tried everything I could think of until I came up with the water barrier .. the problem with petroleum jelly is that it melts in the heat and makes an icky mess. I also saw a most amazing thing last year - the ants were so desperate to get to the feeders that some literally made a bridge across the water with their bodies and let other ones crawl over them! I've only seen that happen once.
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Txtea
May 2, 2013 9:15 PM CST
Thank you for this tip. I have been fighting those darn ants for years. First thing tomorrow will be to make several of these jewels.
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Moonhowl
May 3, 2013 7:25 AM CST
Frustration is the true mother of invention nodding Great idea...cheap, easy and you can drink the wine while making them Whistling
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Xeramtheum
May 3, 2013 9:41 AM CST
Thanks!
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May 4, 2013 4:15 AM CST
Great Idea!!
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May 4, 2013 6:12 AM CST
Xeramtheum said:I tried that and something called tangle foot - I tried everything I could think of until I came up with the water barrier .. the problem with petroleum jelly is that it melts in the heat and makes an icky mess. I also saw a most amazing thing last year - the ants were so desperate to get to the feeders that some literally made a bridge across the water with their bodies and let other ones crawl over them! I've only seen that happen once.


You are right! Thumbs up The petroleum jelly does get icky. I guess I learned to deal with it. I might have to ask DH to create one for me, I'm scared of drills.

You know I've seen where ants would crawl over other ants when they are in the water too! I thought those ants were just trying to save themselves while letting the ants underneath them drown.
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Jul 27, 2013 9:14 AM CST
I have to add my thanks for this tip! We have had a terrible problem with ants this year and have had them (heh heh, THEM!) infest several of our feeders. I can't believe how well these moats work! And how easy they are to make! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Thumbs up
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Xeramtheum
Jul 27, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Thanks! Since I've been using mine, not one ant has infested a feeder.
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Jul 27, 2013 9:28 AM CST
I actually managed to make one using a hot glue gun and a plastic champagne cork! Hilarious!
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Jul 27, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Whatever works! I'm wanting to get a hot glue gun .. any recommendations?
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woofie
Jul 27, 2013 10:48 AM CST
I just bought a cheapie one and it's worked fine for well over 10 years. It doesn't even have a brand name on it; just says "Made in Taiwan." Hilarious!
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Aug 1, 2014 4:18 PM CST
I'm late to the party, but thank you very much!
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Xeramtheum
Aug 1, 2014 5:08 PM CST
You're welcome!
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woofie
Aug 1, 2014 8:35 PM CST
For the record, the one I made with the hot glue gun and the plastic cork has held up very well and we're still using it. Smiling DH is very pleased and impressed, too! He sends his thanks as well.
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Xeramtheum
Aug 1, 2014 9:03 PM CST
Awesome! Mine are still going after 3 years now!
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