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Keeping Bees Off Hummingbird Feeder

How do you use the mint on a hummingbird feeder?

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April 8, 20170 found this helpful

I am having this difficulty for the first time ever... I have had hummingbird feeders for at least 10 years and this is the first time for honeybees to be attracted to my feeders. This is what I am trying: 1/2 cup white vinegar to 1 cup water in spray bottle. Spray around the base of the feeders only. So, far so good.

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April 9, 20170 found this helpful

Use Mint Extract. After washing your feeders and before you fill them, take a Q-tip, dip it in mint extract, and apply it to the ports. Also apply underneath feeder, to the edge where the bottle comes in contact with the bottom, and, if applicable, along the seal created when putting top and bottoms together. Also dab the mint sporadically on bottle. Bees do not like the scent and will eventually give up. The bottle of mint will go a long ways by using a Q-tip.

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