Keeping Bees and Wasps Out of Hummingbird Feeders

When I hang my hummers food trays, all I get is bees and wasps. What can I do? And no matter where I hang it, they come.
Thank you.

By Lorraine


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July 18, 20152 found this helpful
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Birds are super sensitive to the spray. Reading the can is your first hint. It will kill your pet bird is another hint. Please do not do this ever. It is horrible. Also the bees carry it back to the hive and you can guess the rest. Bees are in big trouble and do not need us to add more threats. There are much more sensitive ways to control them. Yellow flowers on feeders are no good, reduce proportions to 1:5 instead of 1:4. Make super strong 1:3 or 1:2 nectar for bees in their own feeder and move it away from your hummer's feeders, a little further each day might be best so the can move along. Call Hummingbird Society in your area for more ideas but no bug spray. Ever.

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May 2, 20160 found this helpful

I bought an ant guard for my hummingbird feeder. So far, it has kept most bees away.


No rhyme or reason just glad. I paid a lot for it, about 6$ but you just hang it above the feeder. It has lasted 3 hrs!

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October 7, 20160 found this helpful

It's very easy to make your own. I used the cap from my laundry detergent.

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

the ant guards are great for keeping ants away. in my experience it has no effect on the bees.

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July 15, 20110 found this helpful

Spray the bottom of the feeder lightly with bug spray ever so often. doesn't bother the birds but keeps away the bugs. also spray the wire or pole where it hangs to keep away ants.

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May 19, 20131 found this helpful

Even considering using bug spray on your feeder is incomprehensible to me... bees are becoming endangered and should be protected. There are plastic caps available at most garden shops for a few bucks.

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