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« on: July 18, 2018 04:14:09 PM »

This is a very simple solution to a common problem. Ants love sugar water, and I don't love ants floating in the hummingbird feeder!



To make a moat that the ants can't cross, I used a plastic food tub, two cup hooks, a synthetic cork, a bit of hot glue for security and waterproofing, and some ribbon for prettiness and further bird attraction.



I was concerned that just screwing the small hooks into the cork wouldn't hold up my heavy glass feeder, but it's been fine for weeks now!



After the initial ant pile-in, the rest learned to turn around.



Here is the original source for this idea!
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2018 04:50:37 PM »

!!!!! brilliant!  looks nice too.  have to try this!
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2018 05:05:29 PM »

So clever! Looks good too.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2018 07:07:27 PM »

Effing brilliant.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2018 07:05:12 AM »

Excellent!
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2018 12:03:54 PM »

Nice solution!  As I've never fed that type of bird (they're kind of uncommon here), I never knew that ants will try to raid hummingbird feeders like this; you learn something new everyday!

I suppose other bird species might enjoy eating drowned ants too if they stop to get a drink and/or bathe in the water?
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