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Sat Aug 16, 2014, 10:44 PM

Hummingbird feeder question

I have two small ones and the bees have discovered them. Does this mean the hummingbirds will not use them any more?

TIA!

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Suich Aug 2014 OP
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2014 #1
Suich Aug 2014 #3
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2014 #2
Scuba Aug 2014 #4
Curmudgeoness Aug 2014 #5

Response to Suich (Original post)

Sat Aug 16, 2014, 10:56 PM

1. you have to have what are called bee guards..

they are lil plastic inserts that keep teh bees from getting into the water.
You may have them on the feeders now and not notice them.
The birds use the feeders even if bees are buzzing around it.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 16, 2014, 11:19 PM

3. I googled bee guards and I don't have them.

As long as the hummingbirds will keep coming around, I don't have a problem with the bees.

Thanks!

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Response to Suich (Original post)

Sat Aug 16, 2014, 11:11 PM

2. My hummers are not bothered by most bees, but they don't like the white faced hornets!

The birds chase the bees and vice versa! They are the bees that make the big oval papery nests in trees - seem like really nasty ones.

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Response to Suich (Original post)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 04:57 AM

4. A small bowl of something sweet - like grape jelly or honey - on the ground near your feeders ...

 

... will attract the bees and hornets and keep them away from the hummingbird feeders.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 17, 2014, 12:12 PM

5. I am not sure if this will work or not,

but I'm going to try it for the bees as well as the ants. I have a feeling that they will end up bringing all their friends and they will just be munching on both the sweets on the ground and the hummingbird food...but I think this is worth trying, especially if I can find something that is more appealing to them than the sugar water.

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