Post by Steve Backes on Jun 27, 2010 15:38:26 GMT -5
I've always been happy with the water filled moats. I've used a red ant moat that's 3 inches wide for years. I made my own for a few years by drilling a hole in the plastic tub that the icing came in with Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls and then forcing the hanging wire through the hole. My main complaint with these moats was that they were sometimes too small for the size of my ants.
Last winter, my friend who owns Rich's Backyard Birds in Lithia found a set of moats called the Nectar Protector. They're 4 inches wide, which is much better for my ants, and 5 inches tall so they hold lots of water. I prefer the "Junior" which are still 4 inches wide but only 3 inches tall.
Andy, I make my own moat using an upturned spray paint can cap. I use a piece of suitable wire for the weight of the feeder and punch it throught the middle of the cap and make a hook at both ends. Sometimes a little heat helps. The outer ring of the lid holds the water. The first one I made I used a piece of closed cell foam in the inner ring to keep it level. The last one I used a u-shaped piece of copper wire twisted around the middle wire and bent into the inner ring. I like the clear caps because I can tell how much water is in it.
I've also had success with using a 4" wide plastic lid, punching a hole in the center and coating the top of the lid with vaseline. The ants don't like to cross the vaseline and leave the feeder alone,,, for a while. Nannie
I put my feeders on metal shepherd hooks and spray the bottom couple feet with "Insect Trap Coating" (comes in an aerosol can)...it's like glue...the ants get stuck before they can climb up the post but the birds who land on the shepherd hooks are not effected ...and the feeders are antless!