North American gardeners love their hummingbirds. We hang our feeders early in the spring and anxiously await their arrival from Central America. Along with the feeders filled with sugar water, come the ants. We battle them throughout the season and gardeners world-wide battle them as well if they feed birds or wildlife any sort of nectar or fruit. This Frugal Gardener installment instructs readers on how to build an ant moat from everyday materials. Ants can't swim, so a water barrier is quite effective to control them.
You will need:
The cap from an aerosol can, like paint or hairspray comes in.
An old coat hanger. I chose one that had seen better days and was of no use for hanging clothes.
Wire cutters, hot glue gun (or silicone sealant) and a drill for making the hole.
This is an easy project and you can construct several moats in a short amount of time.
Gather your materials. Any sort of caps with a good depth will work. The coat hanger is strong, but easy to work with. If you don't have a hot glue gun, then any waterproof glue will work, but you'll have to wait until it is dry to use your ant moat.
Drill a small hole in the center of your lid. I used a narrow bit, close to the same size as my coat hanger. If you don't have a drill, then you can heat the end of your wire until it glows hot and melt a hole. Be careful if you go that route...the wire will remain hot for awhile and can cause injury or burn.
Cut a length of wire at least twice the length of your lid. I liked the coat hanger with the cardboard tube because I had a ready-made hook at one end to start with.
My Frugal Ant Moat didn't cost me anything. I used materials that were destined for the trash, so it was the ultimate in recycling/upcycling. Stay tuned for another installment next month! Check out other frugal crafts and ideas at this link.