What Is an Ant Moat?


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An ant moat is a device designed to keep ants from getting into bird feeders. They are most commonly used for hummingbird feeders, due to the sugar content of the fluid inside.

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What Is an Ant Moat?
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Ant moats work by preventing the ants from climbing all the way down to the feeder by using a trough of water as an impassable barrier. They must be maintained regularly, however, as debris or evaporation can prevent the moat from being effective. Ant moats come as built-in features in several models of feeder. While ants themselves do no damage to the birds or feeder, the addition of a moat can keep feeder maintenance down and discourage the growth of nearby ant colonies.

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