A couple of months ago I set up two hummingbird feeders in my front yard. I placed them near one of my front windows because that way my indoor cat would be entertained when they came to feed, and I could also enjoy watching them when I was sitting in my living room. I have always loved hummingbirds so the past couple of months have been a lot of fun over here. Anyway, about a week ago I noticed that no birds were coming around to feed which was odd because I have a group of ‘regulars’ that are always around during the cooler parts of the day. When I went out to inspect the feeders I saw that the post the feeders were hanging on was covered in ants, as were both feeders. Not surprising since it’s been so hot and sugar water is a food source for them. Instead of using the harsh insect sprays that can eliminate these pests fast, I chose to use our Purify essential oil blend by first washing the post clear of the ants and then rubbing the oil all over the entire post. I let it sit like this for about 5 minutes before I rubbed it clean with a cloth. This oil blend is very cleansing and the oils are natural so you don’t have to worry about any harsh residues left behind. After I put the post back in the ground and hung the newly cleaned feeders back up, I sprayed a little bit of our repellent blend, TerraShield, at the base of the post and on the dirt surrounding it. Since I’ve done this I haven’t seen one ant trespass on my post or the feeders. Just one more reason to love doTERRA! ~ Most essential oils are too potent to be used around birds so be careful how you use them. If you have any questions about this, contact me anytime!
Have a great day! Jana
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