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Many times people become frustrated because it seems that ants and other insects are more attracted to your humming bird feeder than the humming birds. Some suggestions in increase your humming bird population would be to make sure that you're mixing the nectar according to the manufacturer's directions. Also, keeping your feeder in the shade will keep your nectar from fermentation. Make sure your bird feeder is clean and near plants and flowers that attract humming birds. You could also even try tying a bright ribbon onto your feeder to make it more attractive to the humming birds. This might increase attraction to your bird feeder.