Hundreds of the pesky things…in the feeder, on the feeder, and a bagillion of them on the metal hanging bracket, wooden columns, etc. UGH. I removed the feeder and immersed it in a bucket of soapy water. That did away with the Cling-Ons. Then I used Febreeze and sprayed it where they remained. It kills them hard without being worrisome for pets, etc. (Yes, I’m sure that even ants have some good points, but right now, I could care less.)
This has happened every year we’ve tried to feed hummers, and every year, I’ve ended up just removing the feeder. I know they love that sugary feast. I’ve been scouring the net for some natural deterrents and have found a couple that sound promising, but I thought I’d turn to you to see if you had any foolproof “ant-icide” methods. Vaseline is supposed to work well when applied to the hanger, and smeared around the food openings, but I can see that becoming an icky mess, even for the hummers. Cinnamon is another natural remedy that seems to be popular.
Anyone care to weigh in?