Has anyone had success in keeping yellow jackets off and away from hummingbird feeders?
Does anyone know how to keep yellow jackets and off of hummingbird feeders? Yellow jacket and other bees can be very active during the early part of september. However they do a good job of hanging all over nectar feeders placed out for hummers. They are no doubt annoying pests! So has anyone had any luck so far in keeping them away from the feeders without causing harm to feeding hummingbirds?
Perhaps the best way to keep yellow jackets away from the hummingbird feeder is to install a bee trap nearby. Yellow Jackets by nature are not nectar gatherers... they will visit nectar sources and follow honeybees back to their hive where they scavenge dead bees. Installing a bee trap will deter the yellow jackets and trap them. The bee trap usually does not work on honeybees or most other kinds of wasps. The yellow cone traps probably work the best and are easy to install, clean and reuse. These can be found at most hardware stores.
Lure them to a yellow jacket trap near the feeder. There are lots of home made versions on the internet like http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-a … cket-trap, and those pretty ornamental glass traps like http://www.greenfeet.com/Glass-Wasp-Tra … -0000.htm. They won't go away completely, but you can decrease the population. And the hummer can have their feeder back.
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