Asked on Jun 26, 2017

My bird feeders have wasp nests in them. What can I do to get rid of?

Karen Fuller
by Karen Fuller
  12 answers
  • 13526476 13526476 on Jun 26, 2017

    First, I wonder what you have in the feed? Are you feeding dried fruits? If so, remove it. Are there larger nests elsewhere, in poles, buildings. If so, those nests need to be removed, also. There really isn't anything you can do but keep removing the nests; you have to be vigilante. They will eventually go away, but it is work. The only other thing to try is moving the feeders to a different location to see if that helps. (I would not use any sprays, etc., to kill the wasps; that would only hurt the birds.)

    • Karen Fuller Karen Fuller on Jun 26, 2017

      Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. My feeders have no bird seed in them. At last I knew NOT to use any sprays.

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Jun 26, 2017

    Ugh. I hate to mention chemicals and killing things, but...wait til dark. Get the hornet killer spray that goes 20'...say a prayer...then spray the nests

  • Solei Solei on Jun 26, 2017

    Locate all nests first. Spray with wasp spray at night & then remove nests. We use a long stick to knock them down. Good luck!

  • Tanya Tanya on Jun 26, 2017

    I had the same problem, so I tried different bird seed. Well I found if the bird seed had more corn then the bees would be bad. Also I found I could use my leftover seed that i had a bee problem with in the winter. That way I didn't have to waist the seed .

    • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 26, 2017

      Interesting! I would look at this option before I killed them - maybe it could work!

  • Stuart Stuart on Jun 26, 2017

    i thought birds ate wasps? might need to start over, take down and spray, then clean and replace.

  • Doug Smith Doug Smith on Aug 05, 2023

    Take the nests out

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 05, 2023

    Design Considerations for Bird Feeders

    Design considerations for bird feeders play a significant role in deterring wasps. Opting for bird feeders with small feeding ports or mesh screens can make it difficult for wasps to access the food while still allowing birds to feed comfortably. Additionally, positioning your bird feeder away from structures such as trees or the eaves of your house can discourage wasps from nesting nearby.

    Regular Maintenance and Inspection

    Regular maintenance and inspection of your bird feeder are essential in preventing wasp infestations. By frequently examining your bird feeder for signs of wasp activity and cleaning it regularly, you can prevent the build-up of food that might attract these unwanted visitors. This proactive approach helps ensure a welcoming environment for birds while keeping wasps at bay.

    Natural Deterrents and Repellents

    Utilizing natural deterrents and repellents can further discourage wasps from nesting in your bird feeder. Planting wasp-repelling plants like lemongrass, mint, or wormwood in your garden can create an unwelcoming environment for wasps. Alternatively, applying a mixture of peppermint oil and water to the bird feeder or hanging a small cloth soaked in the mixture nearby can help repel wasps without causing harm to birds.

    Encouraging Wasp Predators in Your Garden

    Encouraging wasp predators in your garden is another effective strategy in managing wasp populations. Birds and bats are natural predators of wasps and can help maintain a balanced ecosystem. By providing nesting boxes or birdhouses, you can attract these predators and create a more harmonious environment for all inhabitants of your garden.

  • Bianca Bianca on Aug 06, 2023

    Throw it away

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 20, 2024

    The bird feeders offer protection for the wasp nest, as simple as that. You will have to spray at dusk or dawn to kill them and then remove physical;y because there are most likely unhatched eggs. Once you get them out they will be repelled by the spray residue and relocate.

  • Annie Annie on Mar 20, 2024

    Here's a video that will help!

  • Hi Karen! You can try these:

    1. Inspect your feeders, replace as needed. Give your feeders a thorough inspection every time you clean them to check for cracks.
    2. Use nectar guards.
    3. Avoid feeders that have the colour yellow.
    4. Change up the food.
    5. As a last resort, remove your feeders.

    Hope this helps!