Bee problem - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by beej17
December 12, 2008
How can I keep bees from my humming bird fever? The feeder is near my door and are real pests. The birds hover but will not feed when the feeder is covered with bees!

Answer from NGA
December 12, 2008
The best way to avoid bees is to deny them access to the syrup. The HummZinger and Hummerfest feeders are inherently bee and wasp-proof because the syrup level is too low for insects to reach, but easily in range of the shortest hummingbird tongue. If you choose not to try a new feeder and bees or wasps persist, first try moving the feeder, even just a few feet; insects are not very smart, and will assume the food source is gone forever. They may never find it in its new location, while the hummingbirds will barely notice that it was moved. If that doesn't work, take the feeder down for a day, or until you stop seeing wasps looking for it. You'll see hummingbirds looking for it, too, but they won't give up nearly as soon as the wasps.
Hope this information helps!

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