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Old 07-20-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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This year we have two different species of humming birds ruby-throat and rufus. I boil down 1 cup sugar to 4 cups of water and add a cut of lavender the pot while it cools. Seems to do a pretty good job. However, at night something is drinking all of the solution. I read that it might be bats. Has anyone else had this problem and what did they do to resolve the problem?
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:57 PM
 
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weird!! we have feeders with hummers too and only have issues ants and bees.
I make my own nectar as well. Maybe try googling it. We recently got an ant trap that seems to work.
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:49 PM
 
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Get an Aspect Hummzinger Excel. They are flat and have zero drip even in the hottest weather. Since I've gotten this, the bees, ants, and other creatures stay away from it because the can't get into the nectar.

I hang it on a large zip tie from a hook in the ceiling of our covered deck.
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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I doubt its bats. I haven't seen any around Charlotte since the white nose syndrome really took off. I'd say the most likely culprit is a raccoon. They can climb to virtually anything and are dexterous enough to drink every drop without causing damage.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, N.C. area
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I have no shady area along the back side of the house.

If the feeder is in the sun all day, would that deter the hummers from feeding from it?

We get occasional hummers come by but not a big crowd of them as I have seen in other places.

Wondering if the temperature of the nectar has any affect on the feeders.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:47 AM
 
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I have seen squirrels literally chugging out of my feeder. I make the same 4:1 ratio. Recently I had about 100 honey bees covering the feeder for a couple days. I've seen yellow jackets, maybe a bumble bee or wasp, but never a swarm of honeybees. Poor honeybees must really be struggling.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:56 AM
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Get an Aspect Hummzinger Excel. They are flat and have zero drip even in the hottest weather. Since I've gotten this, the bees, ants, and other creatures stay away from it because the can't get into the nectar.

I hang it on a large zip tie from a hook in the ceiling of our covered deck.
I bought three from AMAZON based on user ratings, and they were spot on. Excellent, easy to clean and fill.

I have four feeders out now, two of these and two traditional. These are the hummers choice by far! And there are no bee or ant problems, either!

Oh yeah, I have finches draining my feeder with a tube.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:32 AM
 
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Ant moats are an effective solution to the issue of ants hoarding the feeder.
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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My kids use a 25% solution of sugar which is 3 parts water to 1 part sugar (3:1). It actually draws the birds much better than 4:1. Both solutions draw the bees so bad that I've had to take them out of the yard so that they don't build a hive somewhere.

During the hot nights, evaporation can account for the lowered level, but what I've observed is if the feeders are filled when the atmosphere is high pressure and there's a drop in barometric pressure, the solution drips out VERY quickly as the air in the feeder expands to match the outside pressure. My area of expertise is hydraulics, and my hypothesis seems a lot more feasible than my youngest kid's hypothesis: the undead come to feed on the nectar at night.

If you use lawn hangers for your feeders, a little 3 in 1 oil placed along the bottom of the hanger 8"from the ground the ground keeps the ants away and keeps the birds safe.

But how to keep the bees away? I've pulled the feeders inside but the hummers still come looking for feeders.

This year, we were seeing mostly very small gray hummers. Last year we saw ONE ruby throated h'bird, and he visited only once (as far as I know). The rest were small greenish and gray hummers. The year before, the yard was Humming Bird Central with eight feeders going all day. The kids went through a quart of juice every day or so.
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