Solving Bee Problems with Your Hummingbird Feeder
A bright sunny morning invites you outdoors to enjoy the beautiful new day you have awakened to. You quietly settle down on your back porch for a few minutes of relaxing, and to appreciate the view of hummingbirds dancing around your feeder. For some, this wonderful morning time of their day gets disrupted by the pesky, sometime very aggressive bees. This is a very bad thing because bees have often been given the reputation of being the bully of the schoolyard per se. They will run off your beautiful hummingbirds, or even attack/sting/kill your little flying heartbeats. However, if you have found your hummingbird feeder come to be overrun by these pesky insects, don’t fret. Although it may be a challenge to solve the problem of your buzzing buddies once they are there, it is certainly not impossible. You do have a few options available to you.
First of you all, you should realize that most, if not all bees are attracted to that bright color yellow. Have you noticed how many hummingbird feeders always seem to have those pretty yellow flowers? If yours has this, you surely need to rid of them! You can paint them another color, preferably red if your feeder is not already red. Hummingbirds love the color red. (Simple fingernail polish is an effective coloring method.)
Secondly, you can opt to simply confuse the aggressive bees. Take into account that this should not be very difficult to do considering they are not the smartest beings alive. They can be easily duped. Do this by moving your feeder a few feet in any direction. Do this every time you notice bees near or invading it. Bees will normally go directly to where your feeder was originally, and when it is not there, they will just assume that it is just no longer in existence. Your hummingbirds on the other hand will barely notice the small difference in location change, and have no problem following your feeder around from spot to spot.
Overall your best bet though, is to avoid the problem altogether. There are many types of feeders made specifically to deter bees and other insects. Opt for a basin type feeder. Before hanging it remember to recolor any yellow parts of your hummingbird feeder. Put it out, make sure to keep it very clean, and enjoy your personal hummingbird show!