Help! Wasps Attacking Feeder and Chasing Hummers!

eric580July 26, 2013

I have a hummingbird planter and feeder on my porch and the wasps are at it like crazy! I thought I had one or two and I killed two yesterday, but this morning there were three. They even chased a baby hummingbird away! I have taken the feeder down so the hummingbirds won't get hurt. I have tried everything! I sprayed soapy water on them, but it washed the color off of my red super bells in the planter. I tried spraying them with water too! Here is a picture of the feeder, but I painted the flower red on mine. Please help.
Thanks in advance, Eric

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spaceman13(6b)

The feeder is probably leaking, or is allowing the wasps to feed on the nectar. You will probably not going to be able to stop them as long as they can access the food. I would consider replacing it with a newer feeder. Newer models such as a Hummzinger, perky Pet and so are engineered to be bee and wasp proof. They may go to it at first, but when they can't get nectar they quickly give up.

Here is a link that might be useful: Feeders

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 10:16PM
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meekalo

I have a bee guarding my hummer. I purchased at the dollar tree so yes it's leaking:-(

Now that I know I enjoy the birds and my kids do too, I will buy some better ones for next year.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 10:12PM
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hummersteve

Yes wasps can easily be drawn to this kind of leaking feeder. Try to find kind of saucer shaped feeder [hummzinger style] and that will or should eliminate your wasp problem.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 10:14PM
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