Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bees at the Hummingbird Feeder? Here are some Tips.

I have been getting a few questions about getting rid of bees that are over-running hummingbird feeders. This can be a big problem this time of year but fortunately there are some easy fixes.

Examine your feeder closely for leakage. Jar-type feeders can loosen up in very hot weather and the expanding nectar inside can be pushed out. Switching to a bowl-type feeder can correct this problem. And just make sure all the connections on any feeder are tight.

While red attracts hummingbirds, yellow is very attractive to bees. Simply removing any yellow parts of the feeder can really cut down on the intruders. Also, try moving the feeder just a few yards away from the current location. Bees won’t be able to find it for a while.

You can also give in to the bees in a way. Provide them their own nectar in an open bowl or pan. Move it further and further away each day until ample separation from the bird feeder is achieved.  

In the photo below, the bowl-type design may be better to control leaks. also note the yellow flower shapes at the feeding ports. Simply removing them can solve a bee problem.

Calliope hummingbird by Martina Nordstrand