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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Aug 2, 2016 4:56 PM CST
How can I discourage bees from swarming around my feeders? I've checked for
leaks and find none on the feeders, but they are keeping my hummers from feeding.

Help! I would like an environmentally friendly solution, please, if you have one.

Thanks for any advice.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 6, 2016 11:34 AM CST
Maybe if you make a bee drinking station for the bees, they will prefer it over the hummingbird feeders. I find the bees looking for water sources at this time of year when it's hot and dry out. They might just be looking for water. Or you could add some sugar water to the bee drinking station. There are lots of ideas on line to make them, just search for "Bee drinking station" or "Bee watering hole".

Here's just a couple of ideas:
http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/make-watering-hole-bee...
https://littlebeanfarms.wordpress.com/tag/bees/
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina Daylilies Roses
Clematis Butterflies Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Seed Starter
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Hemophobic
Aug 7, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Thank you, Christine. I can always depend on my friends here at NGA for solutions
to my problems! Thank You!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
Critters Allowed Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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wildflowers
Aug 7, 2016 8:40 AM CST
You're welcome, Angie. I hope it works out for you. Last year during a hot dry part of summer, the honey bees insisted on taking over one of the dog's watering bowls. They came every day, coming and going to the water bowl, just some more creatures I had to keep watered around here. Big Grin
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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