Every summer Duncraft Customer Service answers this question the most: “How do I keep bees and wasps (and ants) out of my hummingbird feeders?” Actually, there are lots of tips that may help you solve this problem. Keeping ants out of your hummer feeders is fairly easy. All it takes is a way to prevent ants from climbing down the hanger and into the feeder.
This is easily accomplished with an ant moat–a cup of water between the hanger and your feeder. When ants crawl down the hanger, they must cross the watery moat to continue to the feeder. Ants don’t swim well! They will not attempt to cross the water–and if they do, they will drown. Shop for ant moats at Duncraft!
Bees and wasps are another story. We have compiled our own article about this problem, “How to Keep Bees Out of Your Hummingbird Feeders“. Good luck!
Watch these crazed bees at a hummingbird feeder. Hope your problem isn’t as bad as this one! Here it’s likely the sugary solution dripped onto the feeder while filling it and the bees followed the trail. Make sure the feeder has no sugar on the outside of the feeder! In some areas, it gets so hot and dry that the bees are searching for nectar and moisture where ever they can find it.