"Keep Bees Away from a Hummingbird Feeder" by Hazel Fipps-Mann

There are 4 ways to answer the question of how to keep bees away from hummingbird feeder.

1. Keep bees from hummingbird feeder by buying a feeder with bee guards. Some Hummingbird feeders come equipped with plastic mesh bee guards. Unfortunately, a lot of these Hummingbird feeders will also be prone to dripping which will undermine the effectiveness of the bee guards.

2. Try moving the feeder to keep bees from hummingbird feeder. Sometimes just moving the Hummingbird feeder a few feet will trick the insects into thinking that it's gone and they won't find it. If your insects happen to be too smart to fall for this one..... try taking the feeder down for a day or two until they quit looking for it. The Hummingbirds won't give up as quick as the insects, so once you hang it back up the Hummingbirds will find it again.

3. To keep bees from hummingbird feeder try giving the insects their own feeder. Personally, I would rather go back to thumping them with a rolled up newspaper before I conceded and tried this trick, but it's a technique used effectively by lots of people, so I thought it appropriate to mention here. You will need two Hummingbird feeders, one for the bees and wasps and one for the Hummingbirds. Bees and wasps are more attracted to higher concentrations of sugar, so in their feeder use a nectar ratio of 1 part sugar to 3 parts water. In the Hummingbirds feeder, instead of using the standard 1 to 4 ratio, use a ratio of 1 part sugar to 5 parts water. This ratio although not as sweet as the 1 to 4, will still be good enough for the Hummingbirds , but not nearly as attractive to the bees and wasps as the feeder with the 1 to 3 ratio. Give the bees and wasps a few hours to attach themselves to their feeder then move it away from the Hummingbird feeder and hope they follow.

4. How to keep bees away from hummingbird feeder...Buy a basin or saucer-type Hummingbird feeder. These type feeders are pretty much drip proof, so they're not as likely to attract insects in the first place. Also, the nectar level will be lower and out of reach to the insects, but not out of reach to the Hummingbirds with their long tongues.
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Thank you for your tips, Hazel!

Comments

Unknown said…
Don't buy a cheap hummingbird feeder, buy a decent one with tubes that are above the nectar level, and too deep for bees to utilize.

Hummingbird beaks and tongues are much longer than those of bees, wasps, and yellow jackets, so the only thing the homeowner need to is to make sure to not overfill or spill the feeder.
Joan said…
Thank you so much for your tips, Hazel! I was just asking a friend of mine about this!
Anonymous said…
Hazel resist the urge to hit them with a newspaper!!....he he....we need those bees! :)

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