These insects are most often attracted to your hummingbird feeders and the sweet nectar inside. So, how do you un-attract them? Like this:
One Way In
Always hang your feeder from a branch or a shepherd’s hook so that the only access is from above, not below. Do not place your feeder on a wall, table or railing.
Close the Door
Use a single strand of fishing line to hang your feeder. It’s too thin for those little ant legs to climb down.
Don’t want to use fishing line? Consider using a long, solid-brass “s-hook” to connect your feeder to a branch or shepherd’s hook. BWS carries them. Why brass? For some reason, ants hate it. Maybe it’s a chemical reaction. Maybe it’s voodoo. Who knows...but it works! Just make sure the hook is solid brass. Plated brass won’t do diddly.
Add a Moat
Not using fishing line or a brass hook? Then add a BWS ant moat. It’s a cup that surrounds the string, chain or whatever you’re using to hang your hummingbird feeder. Fill the ant moat with water. Ants will follow the connecting string right into the water....And , well, ants can’t swim.
Bees, Wasps and Yellow Jackets
Stinging Fellow Loves Yellow
Bees, wasps and yellow jackets are attracted to the color yellow. They don’t really care about red. So, make sure your hummingbird feeder is red. If any part of it is yellow, such as the bee guards, simply paint them using red nail polish.
Made in the Shade
Place your hummingbird feeder where it will sit in shade for most of the day - if not all. Bees, wasps and yellow jackets feed in sunlight and tend to avoid shady spots for their meals.
Make a Small Move
Just moving your hummingbird a few feet from its current location will confuse bees, wasps and yellow jacket. It may take them a long time to discover it again. Or they may lose track of it all together.
Clean It Up
Nectar splashed on the outside of hummingbird feeder will get sticky and attract bees, wasps and yellow jackets. So, wipe your feeder with a wet towel after you fill it. And if your feeder is leaking, plug the hole or seal the crack. Otherwise you’re just asking to attract stinging insects.