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Old 08-08-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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They are covered with those big nasty looking black ants and those ants are even dead floating in the nectar. I have one on a stuck- in- the -ground stand and another one hanging from a shepard hook in a tree. Both are attracting ants.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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Use an ant moat. Here's a link that explains how they work.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I spray PAM on the pole and at the very top where my feeder hangs on the hook. Those ants die!!!! Never make it up! Has worked for years and I have many hummers!
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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Put Vaseline on the poles, they can't get throught it.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:22 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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Maybe that explains why my Aunt Pam would not go near a hummingbird feeder!

Ants seem to be the only thing that we can attract. Found out a leaking feeder really draws them in. Maybe if hummingbirds learned to add ants to their diet, the problem would be solved.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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Put Vaseline on the poles, they can't get throught it.
Did but it seems to dry and they walk over it after a couple of days.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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We have switched to this
Amazon.com: Hummingbird Rosepetal Feeder, 19 Oz: Everything Else

Has the moats plus NO YELLOW stuff to attract Bees, has made a world of difference.
P.S. Hummingbirds eat bugs including ants...but when they are abundant and been there done that...it's a pain sigh.
Also make sure you rinse the outside of the feeder after you have filled it in case of any spills **while it is still upside down.
You don't want to dilute the food you just filled it with.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: southern california
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buy fly paper, pull the plug on it spiral, put it over the string that attaches to the hanging hook mash the top and extend all the way down to top of the feeder. ants begone.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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buy fly paper, pull the plug on it spiral, put it over the string that attaches to the hanging hook mash the top and extend all the way down to top of the feeder. ants begone.
That is a hazard to the Birds.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: southern california
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That is a hazard to the Birds.
not at all the birds dont go to the top.
not at all. and the strip from hook to top of feeder is very short.
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