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Deterring Pests Around Hummingbird Feeders

I have had a lot of problems with yellow jackets, ants, and paper wasps around my hummingbird feeder. To solve this problem I took a strip of cotton and sprayed it with Raid Hornet and Wasp spray. You only want to dampen the cotton. Then I enclosed it in an onion bag, those mesh or net bags onions come in.


I tied both ends shut. Then I tied it onto the hanger and twirled in around so it came down the one side short of the feeder holes. This has worked like a charm and the hummers do not have any problems feeding. *Be sure the cotton is damp and NOT drippy!

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July 31, 20163 found this helpful
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That is poisoning the humming birds as well.

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful
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also do not want to kill honey bees..

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

This is not a good solution. Any poison will harm the birds!

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November 11, 20161 found this helpful

I took a cotton swab and added a drop of peppermint oil + a drop of oil and rubbed it along the spouts and entire base of feeder. The bees come around but never land. Then they give up. The hummingbirds don't seem to mind. (Note: I was sure not to smear it along where they drink)

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April 24, 20171 found this helpful

Horrible, horrible idea! It might not kill the hummers right then, but the long term affect on them is horrific. Who would even think it's ok. Hummers only live a few years anyway.

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May 25, 20170 found this helpful

Well okay can someone tell what is the best way to get rid of the wasp

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

As a greenhouse manager and retired pesticide applicator I am horrified to read someone applying RAID to a cotton swab to deter bees from a hummingbird feeder. The aftermath of spraying a small greenhouse and the fumes that linger for 2-3 days will not only kill the birds but mice, rats and other beneficial insects.


Please do not use the technique suggested here. Death will surely occur. Peppermint oil is the common sense choice.

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