Asked by: Theresia Vindman
asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th March, 2020

Do hummingbird feeders attract bees?

Hummingbirds are attracted to a good nectar recipe, but so are ants, bees, hornets, wasps, and other sweet-loving insects. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to control insects to keep bees away from hummingbird feeders without harming the birds.

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Simply so, how do you keep bees away from hummingbird feeders?

7 Natural Ways to Keep Bees Away From Hummingbird Feeders

  1. Choose red saucer feeders.
  2. Attach an ant moat.
  3. Hang feeders with fishing line.
  4. Slip nectar guard tips over hummingbird feeder holes.
  5. Periodically move the feeders.
  6. Hang a few fake wasps' nests.
  7. Plant bee- and hummingbird-friendly food sources.

Furthermore, how do you keep yellow jackets away from hummingbird feeders? Try a shallow bowl of sugar water or dabs of jelly on a plate placed about 6 feet away from the hummingbird feeders. Expect to attract ants as well. There are also commercial yellowjacket traps that can be hung nearby, hopefully to draw the wasps away from the feeders.

Accordingly, are hummingbird feeders bad for bees?

While it's easy to agree that wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are not good to have at a hummingbird feeder, the same can't be said for bees. These insects truly benefit the ecosystem and serve as pollinators to flowers, trees and vegetables. Without them, it would be impossible to grow crops.

Why are honey bees swarming my hummingbird feeder?

The bees are so thick and aggressive that they are driving the poor hummers away. A shortage of nectar-producing flowers due to this summer's drought is causing the bees to scramble to find any type of high-carb substitute, such as the syrup in hummingbird feeders.

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