How To Keep Ants Out Of My Hummingbird Feeder…Cool 5 Minute DIY Hack!
Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed my hummingbird feeder tutorial……Now I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a creative hack for something you will probably encounter if you happily made and are enjoying your feeder and respectively, those pretty little birds.
There’s a fly in the ointment….One day you may look up and find the birds are gone (why?)
A steady stream of ants has made its way…ugh! They’ve queued up for the feeder’s sweet syrup and in turn, turned away your hummers.
As you know ants are attracted to sugary substances….And you probably don’t want to break out the pesticide because you don’t want to harm the birds either (good thinking!) However there’s a way to get the upper hand and that is by creating an ant moat with just a few simple materials including a wine cork, a plastic cap, and hooks.
This ingenious concept actually attaches to the feeder and blends in with it by sitting atop the feeder by the hanger. It blocks them by creating a trap that they will fall into on the way to get to the feeder nectar – cool right?
Oh, by the way, this is a breeze! Sure, you can always find an ant moat via Amazon or another retailer but this little DIY hack is slap-yourself simple. Here goes:
- Plastic cap from a spray paint can
- Wire for hanging
- Cork stopper or wine bottle cork
- 2 brass mug hooks (I used size 3/4)
Disclaimer: I viewed a tutorial for this first so I cannot take all the credit for this ingenious idea 🙂
Why a spray paint can lid you ask? Doesn’t have to be this per se, but spray paint can caps, when you turn them over, have an inner chamber – You’re going to be putting water in the lid outside the inner chamber which the hypothetical ants will drown in…but the inner chamber should stay dry so the water won’t leak out.
DIY Ant Moat Tutorial
1) Take your spray paint can and turn it upside down. ..I just got one from one of my spray paint projects in which I used scarlet red (again the perfect color for this) Using a teeny tiny drill bit, make a hole in the center.
2) Take a cup/mug hook and twist it into the hole you made in the can cap, keep twisting until all the threaded side is pushed in.
3) Grab your cork ( I looked all over the place for a wine bottle cork and when I came up short, checked out Lowes where I got a package of 2 cork stoppers -that’s what they’re labeled as) and a thumbtack.
Use your thumbtack to pierce a starting hole in one end of the cork.
4) Take your cork and being careful to line up the tiny hole with the threads of the hook, start twisting the cork on until it is all the way in.
5) Now take your thumbtack and pierce another hole on the outside of the pushed in cork. Repeat step 2 again twisting in the cup hook until it is all the way in.
Voila! Now all you have to do is loop it onto the hanger of the birdfeeder like so…The other end, attach a new hanger over the other end before you hang up your feeder.
Fill the moat with water. so ants who try to find their way in will drown and not stand a chance.
All you really need to deter the ants is water. Always be sure to put your feathered friends’ best interests first.
Periodically, you may need to replenish the moat with more water. Especially in warm/hot weather it tends to evaporate quicker.
Wan’t that brilliant? And the best part is, the moat sits right atop the feeder and blends in with it nicely so it doesn’t detract from your feeder’s appearance or appeal.
Now as one more disclaimer, and not to get too off-topic….I always have a wasp trap hanging up too. Those mean nasty buggers are equally attracted to sugar water but not likely to drown in water like ants and other crawling insects.
Let me know how it works… Never let ants get the better of your backyard bird watching enjoyment again!