Asked on Jul 29, 2013

How to keep bees off my humming bird feeders?

Debi McclainCaperniusLyn


My garden miss judy
6 answers
  • Lyn
    on Jul 30, 2013

    To keep the bees off my humming bird feeder, I spray it with cooking spray (like Pam).

  • @Judy Stavish I would go to Parkers the large garden center on Terrill road in Scotch Plains down past the middle school. Its a few miles off of Rt 22. They have a tremendous supply of products as well as many very knowledgeable people there that can fix you up with the correct products. The sugar water used in Humming Bird feeders attracts as you know yellow jackets as well as several other nasty stinging insects. While I have never heard of using PAM, And not sure why that would even work as all it is, is vegetable oil.

  • Yep, a little oil of any kind around the holes works great.

  • Lyn
    on Aug 14, 2013

    Sometimes a good ole fashioned cure beats the products sold at Garden Centers. Recently I looked at the active ingredients on a bottle of fertilizer for Roses. The active ingredient was less than 1/2 of 1 percent and the rest of the ingredients were fillers. The cost for the bottle was $15. I did research online and found that used coffee grounds or Epsom salt does the trick and cost a lot less too! :)

  • Capernius
    on Apr 27, 2015

    If my memory serves me correctly, there are hummong bird feeders that have a "fence" or a "guard" on the spouts to keep both ants & bees from drinking up the humming bird feed.... now weather you can buy these separately or not, THAT I do not know.... you might have to buy all new feeders to get the protection you seek from the bees & ants... come to think about it, ants & bees both eat/drink they same basic way.... a Humming Bird licks the nectar from the feeder from a distance, but ants & bees ned to get in there real close to drink it.... so if you can get the ant guards separately do it..but I do not know if you can buy them separately If I knew what they looked like, I'd say you could possibly make them....but I do not provide feeders for my Humming Birds, just TONS of plants to make sure they are fed well.

  • Debi Mcclain
    on Jul 2, 2015

    bees are not a bad thing they pollinate our garden so we have food to eat

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