Asked by: Zenia Alfredo
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st January, 2020

Will hummingbirds come to feeder with ants?

It's always a joy watching hummingbirds come to your hummingbird feeders, but sometimes these feeders can attract unwanted visitors, especially ants. These feeders are easy to keep ants out of by filling that moat with water. The ants that do get down into it drown, but usually just don't even try.

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In this regard, will hummingbirds eat ants on feeder?

Ants will deter hummingbirds from coming back to your feeder if the problem isn't solved. Even though hummingbirds eat insects for a protein source, they do not like the taste of ants.

Subsequently, question is, do ants kill hummingbirds? Ants, bees and wasps are attracted to the same sugar nectar that hummingbirds like. This makes it difficult for your hummingbirds to feed safely. Not only do these insects steal the nectar, but they can also contaminate it – which discourages hummingbirds from using that feeder.

Keeping this in consideration, how do I keep ants from getting into my hummingbird feeder?

DIY Ant Moat

  1. Take a bottle or can-lid with two rings.
  2. Run a wire through this hole up to feeder.
  3. The hole from where the wire has gone through should be completely sealed.
  4. Now fill the gap(between outer and inner rings) with water.
  5. If the inflow of ants is large, you can use a bigger lid with a large and deep moat.

Will Vaseline keep ants away?

To use it effectively, you do need to take some time to identify where they're coming from, but once you've located all their usual hideouts, simply smear some Vaseline over it. Ants can't seem to be able to go through it so a barrier of Vaseline will do the trick and keep them out.

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