Saturday, February 11, 2017

Best Way To Ant-Proof a Hummingbird Feeder

Both my wife and I are fascinated by hummingbirds. For the longest time we had a pair that were regular visitors to the feeder we hung of our balcony then one day they stopped showing up.  When I went to investigate I found that the feeder was crawling with ants. I was going to have to find a way to ant-proof our feeder.

Fortunately I have a coworker who keeps a feeder outside his office window and I noticed a small barrel-shaped device attached to the cable mid-way between the top of the feeder and the tree branch it was hung from. I asked him what it was and he told me it was to keep the ants off of the feeder.  Of course, I wanted to know right away where to get one.

I found The Perky-Pet Ant Guard  on Amazon and because I am an Amazon Prime member, I get free shipping. I wasted no time in putting mine to use. The ant guard is smartly designed and easy to use.  Under the cup is a chemically impregnated disk that ants refuse to cross. I've had mine up for several weeks now and it has been very effective; there have been no more ants on our feeder.

I decided also to add a package of Perky-Pet Red Instant Hummingbird Nectar. I like the Perky-Pet brand of nectar because they are a trusted brand having been in business since 1958.  They do have a clear version of the nectar, however, I chose the red because it seems to attract the birds better and because, well, I like the color better.

The package of comes with easy-to-follow instructions for mixing.  I chose the 16 ounce recipe because that's about the amount that will be consumed in 2-3 weeks here.  I don't like to mix too much because it tends to be less appealing to the birds if it has sat too long.

After about 10 minutes I had the nectar mixed and the feeder along with the antguard assembled and hung over my balcony.  All that is left is to sit back and let our little birdy friends give us a show!

Until the next time ~Happy Gardening~