DIY Hummingbird Feeder Ant Guard from Recycled Materials


A photo of Mary  With the hummingbirds migrating back into the US, everyone is putting up feeders.  With the abundance of fire ants in my area, I like many was having problems with ants getting into the feeders and ruining the sugar water. I priced some of the store bought ant barrier containers and they were very expensive.  I found one at the end of the season at a very deep discount. I looked at it and said to myself, I can make this.  I came up with a couple of designs for making home made ones very inexpensive. 

One design uses a heavy gauge wire, such as electric fence wire, which I also had on hand for making homemade plant tags.  Another design used a screen door latch which I had on hand after replacing a screen door on the back porch.   


Other materials needed are a cap off of a spray can, a nail or ice pick or drill bit, a pipe or pipe or broom handle, pliers, and water proof caulking.  One advantage of using wire is that if you don’t quite get the hole in the center, you can bend the wire after hanging to level the cap. 

Punch a hole in the middle of the cap. 

punch hole in middle of cap 

Mary Carton
5/21/2011 7:54:21 AM

I hope to get my garden tilled today after I plow up Mom's garden. Have to finish mowing first. Rain is forecast for today probably what you just had. I have a plan for a double rain barrel system with an overflow pipe that I'd like to build behind the greenhouse & put up gutters on the house & run in the barrels. Right now I just have an open barrel under the eve of the greenhouse & after a while I have to dump it because of the mosquito larvae. Been watching your patio project. That's on my to do list when I get caught up. Thanks for visiting. Mary

Nebraska Dave
5/20/2011 8:51:33 PM

Mary, Your fix for to prevent fire ants from getting into the humming bird feeder is simple, cheap, and best of all works. I like all those things. It finally quit raining here long enough for me to lay a couple more foundation blocks for my patio/firepit and till up a friend's garden. My big main water tank for the garden filled up to the top from the 1 1/2 inch rain last night. So it appears that three inches of rain will fill the tank. That's really not too much for here. I'm hoping to be able to water the garden just from rain water all summer. I've had to open the valve to just dump the collected water onto the ground from the roof or it would overflow the main tank. That would not be too good. Have a great day in the garden.

Mary Carton
5/20/2011 6:42:37 AM

Somehow I put a duplicate picture in instead of the photo of the ant guard made with the screen door latch. Sorry about that folks. Mary

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