bees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bobdi
July 9, 2009
please, looking for help!!! WE ARE IN THE PINY WOODS AND HAVE HAD NO RAIN FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. PROBLEM, THE BEES ARE TAKING OVER MY HUMMING BIRD FEEDERS. OTHER THAN JUST BUYING WASP SPRAY AND KILLING THEM IS THERE ANYTHING AT ALL I CAN DO TO GET RID OF THEM? OR PROTECT THE FEEDERS. MY DECK IS BECOMING A HAZARD AREA.


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Answer from NGA
July 9, 2009

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Honeybees are usually a transient problem at hummingbird feeders. They typically come to artificial sugar water only when there has been little rain and or when there are not many flowers blooming. They seem to prefer feeders in direct sunlight, so hanging a second feeder in the shade often will allow hummingbirds to feed unmolested by bees. If honeybees continue to be a problem, mix up a super-concentrated sugar water mix (two parts water, one part sugar), tint it with red food coloring, and pour it into a shallow plate--preferably a big yellow one. Put the plate on a ladder or stool near the hummingbird feeder the bees are using and they will probably move over to the plate. Each day, move the plate a foot or two further away from the hummingbird feeder and eventually the bees should stop using the feeder. Hope this information is helpful!

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