Ants?

I love hummingbirds.  A few years ago I was lucky enough to see a nest in one of the trees in our back yard.  The food is easy to make (one part sugar to four parts water) so why buy it?

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Hummers aren’t the only creatures that like the sweet syrup.  So do ants. They serve a purpose in the big scheme of things but I’m not a fan of ants.  On my hummingbird feeders.

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I’ve used this natural ant repellent for several years and it works great.  Plus it’s cheap.  And harmless.

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These tiny, syrup, sucking insects don’t like ground cinnamon.  So I mix cinnamon (use the cheap stuff) with some petroleum jelly and slather it on the pole about 12-16 inches close to the ground.

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Then I throw/shake extra cinnamon on the mixture on and around the base the pole just so they know it’s there.

I also sprinkle it on the top of my feeder.  The cinnamon/petroleum jelly mixture can also be applied to the top if your feeder is different.

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No more ants on my feeder.

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Of course I replenish the cinnamon as needed when I refill the feeder or if we’ve had a lot of rain or wind.

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Remember to replace the hummingbird food and thoroughly wash the feeder at least once a week even if there is still food in it.  Heat will sour the mixture in a few days. I usually fill my feeder about half way so I don’t waste much food.  I’d rather refill it more often than have sour, cloudy food for those amazing little birds.

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Clean, full feeders make happy hummers.

6 thoughts on “Ants?

  1. I never knew that about cinnamon, I will definitely try that. I love our little hummers. 🙂 I used to have a feeder with a shallow dish on top – fill it with water, ants can’t get to the feed. Of course, you do have drowned ants on top of your feeder – not that attractive. 🙂 But cinnamon seems like a better bet – and smells good, too!

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