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How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 23:33

I tried wrapping 2" brown packaging tape round the stem, sticky side out.  An ant managed to cross it, just.  Then another.

Then I wrapped 2" duct tape (Duck Tape?) round the stem, sticky side out.

Ants tapped it with one foot and turned back.  I've only seen one ant (there's always a nutter, isn't there?) succeed in crossing it.  Most of them have given up.

I guess it'll lose its "stick" in a few days, and I'll have to replace it.  Do they still sell "fly paper"?  I'll look it up.


Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 23:25

Thanks Roy - worth watching out for!


How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 08:24
obelixx wrote (see)

Try smearing the post with essential oil of cloves, available from pharmacies and health shops.  They can't stand the smell and won't climb up any more.

Thanks, I'll look into that.


How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 08:23
waterbutts wrote (see)

Ants can't swim so could you put it in a bucket?

LOL. Yes, or I could flood the garden so that the bird table is standing in water.


How to keep ants off the bird table

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:41

The bird table is about 5 foot high and the stem, in one section, is single and square, around 2.5" (62mm) square, so that may be the best area to apply a deterrent, but what?

Not Des O'Connor CDs, presumably?

Yes, I know they do little harm, but they can do it somewhere else.  



Posted: 01/08/2013 at 10:32
Charlie November wrote (see)

Having the same thing here with a 25' ash tree. Feeding them will only encourage them. Personal recommendations: . . . . . . 

. . . . . Also, as a molecular biologist, I advise you to dispose of dead pigeons the way you would dispose of dog dirt, only using a larger bag.

This box won't let me type full width.

Charlie, having been forced to the conclusion that deterrent methods can be messier than the problem, I find myself thinking about trapping as one option and shooting as another.

Thanks very much for the shooting information, I shall read that carefully. I am an ex pistol shooter so skills are not the problem.

Do you know anything about trapping?

And re disposal, I don't have dogs, could you please be more specific? I suppose a dead pigeon dumped in a ditch or hedge bottom would soon disappear?

Is it worth getting out the recipe book? My vague recollection is that it's not worth the bother.


Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:07

Compost, compost . . . . this word keeps cropping up here.

Perhaps bees especially like compost because it is not sandy and when they burrow in it, it does not fall in like soil would.

For next spring I am thinking of large upside-down flower pots with moss in to try to attract Bumble Bees, and any flower pots, right way up or upside down or whatever, full of compost, facing SE, to try to attract the other solitary bees.


Bee hotel full!

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 08:54

E- to SE-facing on my fence, over flowers, 5 foot high, works for me.. Could be lower too.  Canes 4"-6" long.  Most popular internal diameter has been from 8 to 9.5 mm.

But cane "houses" don't seem to be necessary (though they are fun) -  see these 2 current threads:

Good luck,


Do any solitary bees use bee houses in August?

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 23:38

composter238 -

Thanks.  The Mason Bees had filled all my larger holes by mid-June, we then found all the mud doors broken in quite deeply, 99% probably by a Greater Spotted Woodpecker that comes to our peanut feeder.

I cleared the remainder out and added 13 mm wire mesh, 37mm forward of thre canes, to keep further birds out.

Then the Leaf-Cutters came and filled a lot of holes, but that has almost stopped now, hence my question about August.


Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 23:31

Berghill - Thanks, I had no idea that any bees come around at snowdrop time, must look for them next year.


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