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Ants on Bird Table

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Picasso1975 · 11/07/2019 17:24

Hi all. I previously posted about my bird table in my garden which is going great, except for one thing. Ants are crawling up the pole and picking at the crumbs left on the table top. I hose them off regularly but they keep coming back.

Does anyone have any natural, non-store bought ant deterrents/killers which would also be harmless to birds like sparrows etc? Many thanks.

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reytmardy · 12/07/2019 20:44

Birds will be glad of the ants for food

Picasso1975 · 13/07/2019 10:01

Very true reytmardy, thanks.

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cloudyinjune · 13/07/2019 10:24

Either leave them as ants are lovely outdoors and some birds might eat them or put a water bowl at the end on each leg, the ants would drown though, but at least is chemical free

MuttsNutts · 13/07/2019 10:26

Why is that a problem? Ants won’t do any harm if they are outdoors.

Why is some people’s natural reaction to kill things?

cloudyinjune · 13/07/2019 11:06

I don't think this comment just above is helpful to the environment.

If we shame people or judge when they ask then next time they will go to the store and buy ant poison.

We are all learning

Picasso1975 · 13/07/2019 11:12

Human beings eyes face forward, in order to judge distance to prey. That's where we get our killer, carnivorous instinct.

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MuttsNutts · 13/07/2019 11:15

WTF Hmm. Ants are hardly prey and it isn’t everyone’s instinct to kill insects, just those who don’t think it through.

Everything has a purpose. Presumably you enjoy birds? Kill the insects and the birds will follow.

ChristineBaskets · 13/07/2019 11:27

This is one of the craziest things I've ever seen on here. Ants outside are a problem now? Also, can I ask what you are feeding the birds that attracts ants, as I've never seen any on my bird tables.

ithinkiammelting · 27/07/2019 00:49

Smear vaseline in a ring round the pole.

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