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7 Natural Ways to Keep Bees and Wasps Away From Hummingbird Feeders

Choose Red FeedersBees and wasps are attracted to the color yellow, not red. Opt for red feeders to deter these pests. Red is also a favorite color for hummingbirds, making it a win-win situation for your garden.

Use Nectar GuardsNectar guards are small, flower-shaped barriers that fit over feeder ports. These guards let hummingbirds access the nectar while blocking bees and wasps, keeping your feeders bee-free effortlessly.

Hang Feeders in Shady AreasBees and wasps prefer sunny spots. By placing your hummingbird feeders in shaded areas, you reduce the likelihood of attracting these insects. This simple tip can make a big difference in pest control.

Keep Feeders CleanRegularly cleaning your feeders prevents the buildup of sticky residue that attracts bees and wasps. Use a mild soap and warm water to rinse the feeders thoroughly, ensuring a fresh and clean environment for your hummingbirds.

Add a Water SourceProviding a water source for bees and wasps away from your feeders can distract them. A shallow dish of water with pebbles or marbles for perching can lure these insects, reducing their interest in your hummingbird nectar.

Use Decoy FeedersSet up decoy feeders filled with a mixture less appealing to hummingbirds but attractive to bees and wasps. Place these decoys away from your main feeders to draw pests away and keep your hummingbirds undisturbed.

Plant Bee-Friendly Flowers ElsewhereAttract bees and wasps to another part of your garden by planting flowers they love. This diversion technique creates a separate feeding area for these insects, allowing your hummingbirds to enjoy their feeders in peace.