Ask a Question forum: Spilled Hummingbird Sugar Water Causing Terrible Smelly Soil

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Millington, NJ
Jul 12, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Squirrels have heavily raided my hummingbird feeders this year, spilling a lot of sugar water onto the grass by my deck. The grass has died below the feeder and left mud behind which smells truly awful. We have tried removing the top layer of mud but that has not helped. Is this fermenting soil? Some kind of yeast? This has never happened in past years. It has ruined our time on the deck and I have no idea how to fix it. Please help! (I am located in Central NJ)
Name: Elaine
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Jul 12, 2017 3:22 PM CST
You should be able to get rid of the sugar by just running water on it until it dissolves and drains away. Each time the sugar water spills, do this right away to stop the smell.

Maybe suspend a bowl or bucket or something else under the feeder to catch the drips and spills, too?

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