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Pam, we have had pretty good success by a simpler method - 
we grease the cord that the feeder hangs on with vaseline.
It is a bit messy to handle when you are changing the sugar-
water, but ants can't seem to navigate it.

In a message dated 06/11/2005 1:55:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
gardenqueen@gmail.com writes:
No cup w/ mine.  Sounds like a great idea.  Marge, I think I'll give
your solution a try.  Should work - thanks!

On 6/11/05, Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net> wrote:
> My feeder came with an "ant cup" with attaches at the top of the feeder
> and you fill it up with water.   It works, but only if you remember to
> add more water each day.
> Theresa
> Marge Talt wrote:
> >Well, Pam, I made a sticky trap circle that I put on the cord that
> >holds the feeder, just above the feeder.  Seems to have cut back
> >significantly on the number who make it to the feeder.  Used
> >cardboard and sprayed it with tanglefoot.  Made it sort of a cone
> >shape with the wide end at the top as my ants travel down the cord
> >from the fascia on the roof overhang from which the feeder hangs.
> >Looks awful, stuck full of ants and dirt now, but....

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