Hummingbird Feeders..... and Bees

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Blackjack, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    For some reason, our hummingbird feeder just recently started attracting a bunch of bees. Is there a trick to keeping them away?
  2. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    My mother sprays them with the garden hose. It keeps them away for 10 minutes or so. She said there isn't really anything else you can do. Unfortunetly, those bees are too dumb to figure it out and the need to be pollenating plants, not plastic!

    She doesn't rely on just feeders alone to attract hummingbirds; she planted their favorite flowering bushes after a few years of watching what plants they were attracted to.
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Dryer sheets keep bees away.
  4. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    That's good to know, I'll pass that info on. Do you just hang a sheet off the bottom of the feeder?
  5. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    You might even hang it on top by the hanger itself. It works in doorways, too.

    It also keeps them away from you if you have one hanging out of your pocket. I've tried many brands and they all seem to "make" the bees try to avoid who or whatever is attached to the dryer sheet.

    Maybe it's all just been a great coincidence, but they've worked for us every time!
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Do dryer sheets work with wasps, too? Yellow jackets? I don't react well to stings from those guys.
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Or are you just wondering how long I'll walk around with a dryer sheet hanging out of my pocket! ;)

    I'll try it on the feeder.
  8. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    They work for mosquito's too.....I"ve rubbed down with one, then put them in my pocket......

    Told one of my friends in Houston that JUST got power back on Monday about it, and she said it was the only thing that kept the buggers away from her.......
  9. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    bb guns. give a 6 year old a bb gun and tell him to shoot the bees.
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    he he...aren't most hummingbird feeders hanging in front of windows so you can enjoy them while washing dishes? There goes the allowance!
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Brings a new meaning to washing the glassware -- [troll]
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