When the weather turns warmer, many people turn their attention to the great outdoors. If they happen to have a yard or just a post where they can hang something, they may even try to attract some nature to their area. This includes hummingbirds.
It can be enjoyable to watch hummingbirds as they show up to drink from the nectar we provide in our hummingbird feeders.
Then again, the feeders can also attract a number of other critters that are not as welcome, including bees, wasps, and ants.
All of them come for the same reason: sugar water. So, how do you keep the unwanted guests from showing up but still have the hummingbirds coming on a regular basis?
It has to do with a number of factors, including your choice of hummingbird feeders. Here are some things to consider:
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1. Color – The color of the feeder is something that can make a difference. If the feeder is yellow, which is a popular color, then it will likely attract wasps. If it is red, on the other hand, it will not attract wasps but it will have the added benefit of attracting more hummingbirds.
2. Line – Insects, such as ants and wasps, will climb down the line you used to hang the hummingbird feeder. If you use fishing line to hang the feeder and then use a fishing hook at the end, it is unlikely that those insects will be able to reach their target.
3. Shape – The shape of the hummingbird feeder can really make a difference in what is visiting it. A round feeder with the holes on top will be easy to access for hummingbirds but wasps will not get into it.
4. Cleanliness – Make sure that you clean your feeder on a regular basis using some white vinegar and water. When you scrub the feeder regularly, you are ensuring that the hummingbirds will have a fresh supply of nectar. At the same time, you will be limiting how many insects show up.
5. Avoid Bad Advice – Some people will tell you that the best thing you can do is to put something on the hummingbird feeder that will discourage bees, ants, and wasps from showing up. This can be anything from petroleum jelly to insecticide. It may sound like a good idea, but what is bad for the bees is also bad for the birds.Whizzco