How to keep bees out of your Hummingbird Feeders

November 16, 2009

waspIf bees or wasps are a problem, getting into the nectar of your hummingbird feeder or preventing your hummingbirds from feeding, here are a few tips you can try:

* Use a hummingbird feeder with bee guard so the bees can’t get into the nectar.

* Try feeders that have no yellow in them. The color yellow could be attractive to bees. Try painting the yellow parts with red nail color.

* If the “bee”s are actually yellow jackets, a kind of wasp, you may be able to reduce the population with yellow jacket traps.

* Move your hummingbird feeder to a very shady location. Bees prefer to eat in sunny areas. Distract bees with a saucer of nectar where the feeder used to be.

* Make the nectar less sweet. Try 5 parts of water to 1 part sugar instead of the usual 4 parts water to one part sugar.

* After hanging with fresh nectar, be sure to clean off sugary drips or spills on thewasp outside of the feeder so bees won’t be attracted to the sugary scent.

* Never use insect-killing chemicals around hummingbird feeders! It’s bad for the hummingbirds and may also kill beneficial honey bees!

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Mr&Mrs OzzyMan June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

We have over 29 Hummingbirds out here daily,we have 9 feeder for the Hummingbirds “1” for the bees, in order to jeep them away from our guests.. wife put “bee-feeders” 20′ away…. will try 40in time…. full sun after 11am on yard.Sun rises in front of house sets out back with ABOUT a 1.24 acre area all around it.

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