This is a suggestion on controlling ants approaching hummingbird feeders.
You will need:
2 cup hooks
Screw one cup hook through the bottom of plastic cup into the cork bottom. Screw 2nd cup hook
into the top of the cork. Fill with water then you can hang the moat from a tree branch or “S” hook. Now you can
hang the hummingbird feeder from the bottom cup hook. (see the diagram)
Keep water in the reservoir of the plastic cup. You will need to refill when needed. Ants are clever
and can find their way to the sugar water solution if the moat runs dry.
You can find the plastic cups from a variety of sources. Laundry soap cups are one good sturdy source.
If you are having
difficulty with bees visiting the
hummingbird feeder here’s one suggestion,
Make the sugar solution 1 part white sugar to five parts
purified water simmered 20 mins. then cooled. In other words a 1-5 ratio instead of the
usual 1 part white sugar to 4 parts purified water simmered 20 mins. Bees won’t be
attracted but the hummingbirds will still drink it. Remember this is not the sole food source
for hummngbirds. The flowers and bugs around your yard provide that. This is a little extra treat.
Remember not to use pesticides in your yard. Only use non toxic solutions for some bug control.
Otherwise you can have a balanced yard, if you
let the birds, lizards, beneficial bugs and nature do what they know best.
You can also purchase hummingbird feeders that are designed which bees cannot approach the sugar water.
Do bee kind to the bees and let them have a source for water too and food with your flowers.
Watch incredible footage of how a hummingbird drinks and gathers the sugar water and
how they must gather the nectar from a flower.
Unbelievably wonderful photography that helps see how they do drink.
If you find a “banded” hummingbird report with the banding
number to: 1-800-327-BAND
See hummingbirds nesting and raising their babies live on the links below.
These are three live cams streaming one from Irvine, one from Aliso Viejo and one from La Verne, CA.