Best Ways to Keep Ants off Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird Feeder

Unfortunately, hummingbirds aren’t the only living things that will be attracted to the tasty treats you store in the hummingbird feeders. Pests like ants are just as likely to be attracted to the scent and make their way to the feeder to extract some of the tasty nectar. Here are some quick tips to keep ants away from the hummingbird feeders.

Use a Water Moat
The easiest way to keep the ants away is by installing a water moat on top of the hummingbird feeder. You can buy them or you can even make your own using a plastic bottle. Here’s a great DIY video you can follow to build an affordable water moat for the hummingbird feeder.

Create a Barrier with Petroleum Jelly
For an immediate solution, grab some petroleum Jelly or Vaseline off the shelve and apply a generous amount along the hook and pole. Ants won’t be able to get to the nectar if petroleum jelly is blocking their path from the top of the hummingbird feeder. you may need to re-apply the petroleum jelly every once in a while depending on weather conditions.

Hang the Feeder Over Water
A fool-proof way of keeping ants off the hummingbird feeder is by hanging it over a body of water. This could be a small pond or even a birdbath. Just like the rationale for the water moat, there’s simply no way for ants to swim through a pool of water. It also helps that a body of water is another great way to attract the hummingbirds.