Fighting off bees..........

aliiAugust 26, 2007

How on earth do I get rid of the bees from the Hummer feeders?

They keep chasing the Hummers away! I was going to fix it once

and for all and went after them with a swatter... well I knocked the bottom off the feeder and then had to clean the patio!! I swear I heard the beeds say *well thank ya mam!*

lol A neighbor was watching since im the only one with a

feeder.. but the darn bees rule the feeder! My feeder is a

Perky Pet.. with the white thing around the feeding hole.. I

wish I had known to get one with bees guards!! Any Idea

what I can do??? Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alii

I am trying to add a picture I hope I am doing this right.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 26, 2007 at 6:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rjinga

I'll be watching your post, as I too have the bee problem...at least one makes it in and then is seen floating inside!!! this cant be good for the hummers?

They dont seem to mind the floating bees...but still...

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 12:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tamsea(z-5 Ohio)

Ditto the question. Any suggestions? I have yellow jackets that are swarming my feeder. Someone suggested putting paper towels soaked in vinegar around the ports. That seemed to keep them away at first. They swarmed around it but didn't land, but now..they are landing. Poor hummingsbirds!
Tammy

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 12:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
luvabird(6-7)

I've had success with either almond extract or peppermint extract. The bees don't seem to like either of them. I smear it over all of the ports, and apply it almost everyday.

Donna, VA

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 9:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lucygreenthumb

Try a bottom reservoir feeder like the hummzinger and fill it only half full. The hummers can still reach the nectar, the bees can't. Plus these feeders don't leak so there's no nectar on the outside to attract the bees.
Bees love the color yellow - try to find all red feeders instead of the ones with the yellow flower feeding ports - the hummers don't need them. There's quite a few other posts on this topic below board check those out as well. Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 12:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rjinga

anyone consider painting the flowers on the feeders to red? maybe with nail polish or something like that?

I for the first time today saw the bees actually chasing the birds. I had seen bees on the feeders before, but not actually chasing the birds.

I also used the left over (old) nectar and put it out in a container near the feeder, this didn't see to get the attention of the bees.

HMMMMM...

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 3:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hummersteve

For me its been wasps and they are a real nuisance and Ive tried all the things mentioned and the only thing that detered them some was smearing cooking oil all over the ports and red bases. Ive tried all kinds of so-called traps but no dice. One trap I prepared tuna oil and bits of tuna and It attractd and trapped loads of flies but I havent noticed any wasps in there. I have one feeder that is lantern style and sweat bees would get in it , lots of them , but it didnt slow down the hummers from feeding.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 4:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tamsea(z-5 Ohio)

Ok, the yellow jackets have let up a bit. But next year I'm going to try the cooking oil and the extract idea. Putting vinegar on paper towels worked for awhile but not for long. I gave my hummingbirds a break by putting lots of sugar water in my orange oriole feeder. The hummingsbirds would go in the holes and couldn't get out. I had probably over 50 yellow jackets in there.
Tammy

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 7:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tamsea(z-5 Ohio)

oops I meant the yellow jackets would go in the feeder.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 8:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
yardenman(z7 MD)

Much as I hate to upset the natural order of things (bees, and wasps are generally beneficial), sometimes you have to find the source of the problem and eliminate it. Bees are both too valuable and hard to hive-find to kill. Most wasps kill so many pest insects (especially caterpillars) that I would be loath to kill them. There is an area in my woods where ground-burrowing blue wasps bring and bury an endless stream of pest bugs in August (for egg-laying). I take pains not to disturb them.

I make an exception for yellow jackets, though. They can be a real problem in the yard and I eliminate them (sadly but mercilessly). I've been stung too often and subjected to nearly house-arrest for some swarming activities. Mainly, I've never seen a yellow jacket carrying a pest insect. So I don't think they are very beneficial. And you crush one and it releases a chemical that activates the others to attack.

So, anyway, I have an idea about eliminating wasps and bees from hummer feeders. Why not epoxy a 1/4 to 3/8 inch of aquarium tubing over the hummer feeder openings? That ought to prevent any insects from getting at the nectar but not disturb the hummers.

I'm not going to do that myself cause I'm not having a bee/wasp problem (so it would be no test), but maybe someone who IS havin the problem could test the idea.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 7:59PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
First rufous of the season just visited...
What a treat. I just looked up to see the first rufous...
morz8
What early annuals should I get?
What are early blooming annuals hummingbirds like?...
shijitake
What Are The Very Best Hummer Attracting Plants In Your Garden?
What Are The Very Best Hummer Attracting Plants In...
taupe79
how to germinate Seven-Up plant
Howdy, To attract hummingbirds to my Zone 8 coastal...
seedmoney
Squirrel problems
I have several resident squirrels who seem to be attracted...
Jenn.B
Sponsored Products
P-1091 Otros Pies Reading Floor Lamp
Lightology
ElumX 24 in. Fluorescent Under Cabinet Light with Touch Less Sensor UFH-24
$29.97 | Home Depot
LZF | Carambola Large Suspension Light
YLighting
Uncertain Gray Lido Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
Sustainable Shell Naturals Stem Pendant by Varaluz
$369.00 | Lumens
Alexis Rectangular Pendant by Philips Forecast Lighting
$498.00 | Lumens
Ledtube Wall Light - Recessed Mount - Marset
$482.00 | HORNE
Cayman Sorrel Outdoor Rug - 3'7" x 5'6"
Grandin Road
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™