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Old 07-31-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I dont know if this has been discussed and the humming bird thread has over 515 posts so I thought post this question.

I put up a humming bird feeder and I have at least 3 regular visitors but today yellow jackets seem to have found it, how do I get the bees to leave?


I make my own sugar water solution as I heard the store bought kind goes bad quick.

I did have a store bought and I read to fill it so I did with store bought stuff in hopes the yellow jacket will go over there.
This just seems like a temporary solution if it works but, how do I keep the bees away all the time?

This is the feeder

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Old 07-31-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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Put bee guards up. They will eventually get the idea.

Some other types are also available.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:19 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Get the kind like HummZinger Hummingbird Feeders that have the reservoir underneath... NO bees or bugs of any kind for me!

Extra perk - very easy to thoroughly clean.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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Get the kind like HummZinger Hummingbird Feeders that have the reservoir underneath... NO bees or bugs of any kind for me!

Extra perk - very easy to thoroughly clean.
Thanks but I like to keep a certain look around the house.


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Put bee guards up. They will eventually get the idea.

Some other types are also available.
Im going to order this, I figure if I put vegetable oil on the tips then the bees will have trouble landing til that product comes in the mail.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Put bee guards up. They will eventually get the idea.

Some other types are also available.
The yellow may well draw them MORE before they get the idea.

My understanding is the yellow jackets are drawn more to yellow. The yellow won't attract the hummingbird any more than not. Red seems to attract them a bit more.

They really should make the bee guards red!
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Orange County, N.C.
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Just an aside here folks, the sugar water is not a food source for Hummers, it is their energy source. There primary food sources are mosquitos and gnats.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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Just an aside here folks, the sugar water is not a food source for Hummers, it is their energy source. There primary food sources are mosquitos and gnats.
Thats cool, but no matter what the reason is, they are just pretty to look at outside of bay window.

I just dont want yellow jackets getting their energy. Plus I dont want bees on the upper patio.
I did see one humming bird a yellow jacket off.
I made a fresh batch last night and put vegetable oil on edges in hopes that would deter the bees.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Just an aside here folks, the sugar water is not a food source for Hummers, it is their energy source. There primary food sources are mosquitos and gnats.
And we keep marveling at the lack of mosquitos and other insects. I've been working outside a lot around the area where we feed birds, and I am not bothered by many bugs.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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The yellow may well draw them MORE before they get the idea.
Yeah... the bee guards did NOT work at our house.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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Has the OP considered placing a yellow jacket trap in an area away from the hummingbird feeder?
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