Feeders full of sugar jelly or water attract sweet-tooth birds, such as orioles and hummingbirds. But sometimes, not-so-welcome guests, including bees, wasps and ants crawl into feeders and create problem.
Before we answer your question – how do you get rid of bees on hummingbird feeders?
Remember that, they’re an “IMPORTANT” part of nature, too.
How To Keep Bees Away From Hummingbird Feeders Guide
For frustrated backyard birders, it may be tempting to use oils or pesticides to deter bugs, but you shouldn’t because they may harm the birds, as well as the bees whose population are continuously falling. Instead, try some of these all-natural solutions. The bees and birds will thank you.
Choose Red Saucer Feeders.
Hummingbirds can reach the nectar with their long tongues, but insects cannot.
Also, while hummingbird naturally prefers color red, bees are attracted to yellow.
Attach An Ant Moat
Ant moats are generally about 3 inches wide and 1-2 inches deep, above sugar and jelly-water feeders. Because ants cannot swim, water is an effective deterrent.
Ensure moats or purchase feeders with moats built in. Keep them clean and filled with water.
Hang Feeders With Fishing Line.
Fishing line is too thin for ants to climb. That means they won’t be able to reach your hummingbird feeders for a free meal.
- Slip Nectar Guard Tips Over Hummingbird Feeder Holes.
The nectar guards block insects like yellow jackets, but hummingbirds can still reach the nectar. You can purchase them or create your own mesh guard out of onion bag.
Periodically Relocate the feeders.
Simply moving feeders by 3-4 feet will help insects lose track of them. Birds will still find them with no hasle, but insects most times won’t.
Hang A Few Fake Wasps’ Nests.
Make sure you do this in protected areas to deter real wasps, which are territorial and won’t generally venture into a place they think is already occupied.
Plant Bee- And Hummingbird-Friendly Food Sources.
Try annuals like impatiens and fuchsia and perennials like trumpet vine, milkweed, bee balm in hanging baskets and in your garden.
Spraying your hummingbird poles
By spraying hummingbird poles with WD-40, you keep ants and other critters from crawling up them too
Rub peppermint extract around the portals
Do this and you won’t have a bee problem. I haven’t had a problem with bees since I started doing it. It has to be extract though.
This is how to keep bees away from hummingbird feeders.