How to Get Rid of Hornets From Your Hummingbird Feeders

How to Get Rid of Hornets From Your Hummingbird Feeders
Viewing hummingbirds is a pleasant pastime to enjoy while sitting outdoors. Hummingbirds will come to feeders that are close to you as long as you sit still. Unfortunately, other animals and insects are also attracted to the hummingbird nectar. This can create a dangerous environment for you and may also drive the hummingbirds away. Hornets can be especially dangerous. Luckily, there are a number of ways to reduce or eliminate hornets around your feeder.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Nontoxic red paint
  • Bee guards
Step 1
Move the hummingbird feeder away from areas that are attractive to hornets. Garbage cans, recycling bins and standing water all draw hornets.
Step 2
Maintain your feeder and ensure that there are no leaks or broken seals. Hornets will go to the feeder if nectar is leaking.
Step 3
Replace or paint any part of the feeder that is yellow. Yellow is very attractive to hornets and other stinging insects. Red is a better choice and it is appealing to the birds.
Step 4
Purchase a special hummingbird feeder with bee guards or buy attachments to place on your existing feeder. These work because the insects cannot reach the nectar, but the birds can stick their tongues into the holes and reach it.
Step 5
Take your feeder down for a few days to discourage the hornets. The hummingbirds will come back, but the insects give up easily. Another option is to move the feeder a few feet and confuse the hornets. The birds will easily find it.

Tips & Warnings

Do not attempt to move the feeder when hornets are present. Wait until after dark.

Article Written By Risa Edwards

Risa Edwards is a librarian who works for a small private university. She has a degree in geology and library science, but is interested in topics from across many disciplines. Edwards enjoys using her research skills to help others as well as continuing to broaden her own knowledge.

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