There are few things more aggravating than having your bird feeders overrun with ants. Pesky. Annoying. Ants. I took to the internet to get some ideas on how to prevent ants from getting to my suet and hummingbird feeders.
The first things that popped up on my Google search were images commercial ant guards. There appear to be two types of ant guards. The first type contains the insect repellent, Permethrin.
The second creates an ant moat. A water barrier prevents the ants from being able to travel down the wire to the feeder. They look like they can pretty fancy and subsequently pretty pricey. Even the cheapest ones still cost $5 or more. That adds up quickly when you have several feeders in the yard.
After looking at a few DIY posts, I decided to make my own ant moats.
I started with a small terra cotta pot that I got from the Dollar Tree (three pack for $1). I also used an eye bolt anchor, drywall anchor, and hook that I had lying around the house from other projects.
I screwed the hook into the large end of the drywall anchor, placed the bottom of the drywall anchor inside the pot over the hole, then screwed the eye bolt anchor through the bottom. I used a hot glue gun to secure the contraption then melted a tea light and poured it into the bottom of the pot to make it waterproof.
At this point the moat is ready to fill with water and hang. And it cost less than a dollar to make.
I went one step further and used some crafting supplies I had to jazz up my first two moats. I had to be careful to make sure the silk flowers and leaves turned away from the center of the pot. I didn’t want them touching the hanging wire and giving the ants a way to bypass the water.
Now I just need a suet refill.