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Humming birds vs bees
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Alvin NE WI    Posted 09-10-2003 at 10:34:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
does anybody else have problems with the dang gum bees crawling into the feeders drinkin the sugar water and not leaving anything for the birds/ What can be dome about it besidespraying the bees when they are sitting in the holes. Hate to do that and kill the birds, so I than dump it emlty. Any comments.
Thanks
Alvin


Stanley Mopar    Posted 09-10-2003 at 15:00:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had the same problem there,
I have 25 hummingbird feeders out hanging from around the house and patio roofing. Its quite a nice look and the kids like it around christmas time.
now I had a vicious problem with black mamba wasps I think is what you call them and also some yellowjackets feeding on the bird syrup.
and my solution was peppermint oil!
Each time I went out there to change the syrup I would have to almost prepare as if I was heading out on a deep sea diving expedition which reminds me of how my grandad would tell me about when he was in the Navy,seeing as the black mamba wasps would swarm on me and I think theyre carniverous and feeding on my skins.
but I rub a bit of peepermint oil on the feeder and my skins there and watch them black mamba wasps.
the birds dont mind it and everyone is much the happier.
If anyone knows any tidbits about these black mamba wasps, it would be a sure help, I beleive they are those african killer wasps and could be harmful . I see them building their nests up there in the wheel wells of my truck.


Dog's Friend    Posted 09-10-2003 at 14:05:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've seen little "Bee Guards" for hummer feeders at various seed and supply stores. The place I buy bird seed has them. They are little mesh domes that clip into the feeding holes in the hummer feeder. The bees can't get in, but the hummers can still fit their beaks through the mesh.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-10-2003 at 13:51:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Avon makes a product called skin so soft, take some of that and rub between the ports on the feeder. That will repel the bees, but the birds don't mind it. We've used it for years, and it helps alot.
Later
Ron


Ron from IL    Posted 09-10-2003 at 13:29:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alvin,

YES! Just lately (the last three weeks or so) the yellowjackets have been REALLY bad! We've put up two wasp traps near the feeders, and while they do trap a lot of them, the hummingbird feeders still get full of bees (and those little red pi$$ants, too). Not sure just what to do now. There's GOTTA be a nest of the bees somewhere close by.

Ron


Just part of nature.....    Posted 09-10-2003 at 12:48:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somebody always eating somebody elses dinner, or looking for somebody to eat.

Hard to get used to, but to avoid poison sometimes we have to feed the undesirables.

I am not familiar with "gum bees" are they anything like Gumby?>>>> :O)

OK, can you follow them back to their hive? Are they a benificial, do they pollenate flowers when not theiving from your humming bird feeder? If they are benificials,consider it a contribution to Mother Nature and her offspring. Just don't feed them so much they forget their primary purpose is the polination of fruits and vegetables.

I wish you well,
Alex


Jim(MO)    Posted 09-10-2003 at 12:05:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same problem, no solutions. It is kinda amusing to watch the hummers and wasps waging airial combat sometimes though. I change the sugar water every couple of days and usually have to dump some of the old. I think the birds are getting their fill.


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