Bees and Hummingbirds generally exist in the same ecosystem, when you put food out for Hummingbirds, chances are that bees could possibly be feeding a more significant portion of that food compared to these precious birds.
Chances are that bees could be feeding more of that food is compared to your precious Hummingbird’s other flying insects like wasps will also find their way. Their Hummingbirds will find it hard to feed as the feeder gets contaminated, and they will start moving.
Here are some tips and tricks that you could do to keep bees, wasps and ants away from Hummingbird feeder without hurting them.
It’s a request and recommends that do not kill any insects, all insects are part of an ecosystem, and it is not fair to kill them. You can provide a separate feeder for them and keep away from a Hummingbird feeder.
1.You should clean off the sugar trips on the sides these trips have a scent that attracts the bees to the feeder.
2.You should also ensure that your feeder is not leaking because leakage can attract insects.
Here is one of a Youtube video about how to deal with yellow Jacket and Bees :
5 Ways to deal with Bees, Wasps:
- Shift feeder to a shady location – Bees and Waps enjoy to feed in sunlight, if you shift your feeder to a shady area, it will be hard to find feeder for them, and the good thing is Hummingbirds will easily find it. You could also place a saucer of Nectar where you previously had the feeder this will keep the bees in that location a shady location also keeps metrical and slows down the fermentation process.
2. Repaint your feeder – Bright colors attract the bees like yellow color repaint your feet into a dull color, and this will keep bees away off Hummingbird feeders your birds have no problem with the colors and will continue feeding as usual.
3. Use less sugar (not too much recommended): If you are using 3 part of water and 1 part of sugar, apart of this you can use 4 part of water and 1 part of sugar.
4. Choose right feeder – Get Hummingbird feeder whose saucer position place the Nectar away from the feeding port. For long tongue Hummingbird easy to feed but difficult to bees and yellow jacket. And if they will not get anything to feed, they will not come again.
5. You can provide food to Bees and Waps – (highly recommended)- If you love nature, you should not disappoint to the Bees and Mont, you can offer them food, you can take a bowl and put big rocks on that and put a little bit Nectar and put it away from your Hummingbird feeder where bees can come, and once bees can find it they are going to enjoy to land on rocks and feed, they will stop coming on your Hummingbird feeder.
Here is one video I found from Youtube channel of Tim Rooney you must watch:
Bee Proofing a Hummingbird Feeder:
DIY Ant Trap for Hummingbird Feeder:
- Unused Water Bottle
- Glue to Fix the Leakage
- Thin Wire or Hanger
- Knife or Scissor or Blade
Take any plastic bottle.
Cut a bottle as shown in the image.
Do a hole in the cap.
Now take a piece of wire (10-12 inches is enough) or cut a part of the hanger.
Fit wire in cap and fix gap to prevent leakage using the glue gun.
Band both side of the wire.
Now you are done fill the water in the trap and hang with feeder.
Here are some selected YouTube videos, you will get more ideas from here.
I have tried my best to provide every possible thing that can help you to deal with Bees, Waps (yellow jacket) or Ants.
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