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Old 07-01-2016, 04:04 PM
 
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Hello:

I have a bird feeder outside that plenty of birds (cardinals, chickadee, blue jays, titmouse) love, but also a lot of ants do too.
They are running up and down the pole and having a feast. I think they are little red ants.

What is a good way to get rid of them?

Thanks.
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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I bought an ant moat at Lowes for my hanging feeder. Maybe you could engineer one if your feeder is on a post?
I use 2 or 3 drops of Dawn liquid in the water and the ants either stay out or drown -- none make it across
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This may sound dumb but it works. Take chalk and rub it on the post, all the way around it. The ants will not cross the chalk line. Another, take a piece of cloth and tie it around the post. Put peppermint oil on the cloth. They won't go near it. You can do the same thing using white vinegar but you might have to give a dose of vinegar every other day until they go some where else. You can use Sevin dust at the base of the post too.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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Wouldn't the birds just eat the ants as they feed? I've been putting out meal worms for the bluebirds and now, other birds as well, and the ants have discovered them. I was about to try something, but said more protein.
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Put Vaseline or Tanglefoot on the post.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:29 PM
 
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1. Clean up the surfaces and seal any sort of food substances.
2. Follow the ants to see where they are entering and exiting.
3. Use regular chalk to draw a thick line between the food source and their home. Make sure they can't go around the end of the chalk line. There is some chemical in the chalk that they won't walk on.
4. Leave the chalk there for a month or so until they find a happier hunting ground.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:01 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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This works from the top of a hanging feeder--not sure what you can do from the bottom of the pole, aside from some tanglefoot or something. I doubt a moat would work--they just walk across the other ants bodies. I'm in Texas where the ants even have ants.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I use a clear plastic moat that I bought from a "bird shop". Hang the feeder from it and the ants crawl right into it and can't get out. Works great.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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tanglefoot on our fruit trees.
Sevin spray in the bark below and above the tanglefoot.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:40 AM
 
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ants love sugar.
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