Anyone know how to keep bees away from hummingbird feeders?

Anyone know how to keep bees away from hummingbird feeders?

3 March, 2010 (01:13) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin


Can anyone tell me how to keep honey bees away from my hummingbird feeders? We’ve tried everything we know.

I have two solutions.
1. I place Vaseline in the hole of the feeder. This allows the bird to get the water but keeps the bee out. This can be a pain if it rains alot or if you don’t clean the feeder regularly.
2. This year I placed an alternate feeder with limited water in it for the bees. It was a junk feeder without the perches and it seems to have attracted the bees. I feed them just enough to keep them interested in this feeder and it seems to kee them away form my prime feeders.

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Comments

Comment from Freedom
Time March 3, 2010 at 6:45 am

it is quite difficult since humming birds and bees both live off honey sucking. I see no problem in them co-existing as long as the bees don’t represent a problem for you, they will be quite harmless to the humming birds.
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Comment from blue
Time March 3, 2010 at 7:14 am

I have two solutions.
1. I place Vaseline in the hole of the feeder. This allows the bird to get the water but keeps the bee out. This can be a pain if it rains alot or if you don’t clean the feeder regularly.
2. This year I placed an alternate feeder with limited water in it for the bees. It was a junk feeder without the perches and it seems to have attracted the bees. I feed them just enough to keep them interested in this feeder and it seems to kee them away form my prime feeders.
References :
self taught bird watcher