How do I keep the ants out of my hummingbird feeder?

I have ants crawling up the hanger which holds my hummingbird feeder and getting into the liquid I leave for the birds. Will the birds use the feeder if the ants are in it? I don't want all those ants around the feeder.
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  • Bus6144393 Bus6144393 on Jun 20, 2017
    You can now purchase ant moats which hang above the feeder and are filled with water. I purchased mine at Lowes. I have also seed new feeders that come with the ant moats.

  • Vrohde Vrohde on Jun 20, 2017
    You could try vegetable oil all over the feeder. They seem to slide with it.LOL

  • Barbara Ann Snyder Barbara Ann Snyder on Jun 20, 2017
    You can sprinkle cinnamon on the ground surrounding the hanger. Ants will suffocate from it. The cinnamon gets on their antennas and they also take it back to their nest and it wipes them all out.

  • Judy Cope Hoag Judy Cope Hoag on Jun 20, 2017
    I just got a very inexpensive feeder at Walmart that comes completely apart for cleaning and has an ant moat built in. Also, the ports are slits not round and the bees can't get in either. Less than $ feeder I've had. I even watched the ants come running and were complete stumped when they got to the water moat.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jun 20, 2017
    Google make your own hummingbird feeder moats. They are very easy to make and you probably have everything right their at home to make them. I use a spray paint can top, 2 cup screws, and 1 cork.

  • Susan Susan on Jun 20, 2017
    an old country remedy is to cover the wire with Vaseline- supposedly gums up their legs and/or bothers them... can't hurt to try!

  • Susan Urbush Susan Urbush on Jun 20, 2017
    you can buy water moats separately. The feeder hangs below it on a hook. Menards sell them so does Walmart

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 20, 2017
    Wild bird unlimited, and other stores sell ant excluders..fill it w water, but add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid or the ants may be able to climb out.

  • JoAnn JoAnn on Jun 21, 2017
    clean outside with vinegar