Hummingbird feeder nectar can attract other creatures too besides the little birds it is intended to feed.
The other species of wild birds that are attracted to Hummingbird food are welcome visitors such as Orioles, Finches, etc.
But other animals, like insects and the more common animal pests such as squirrels, raccoons, and bears are not welcome guests.
We invited them too of course, even though that was not our intention.
So now we have to un-invite them, safely.
Hummingbird feeders and parts to help you get rid of unwanted guests on this page below.
There are things which can be done to eliminate or at best reduce the number of pests like ants and bees from getting into your hummingbird feeder nectar:
Ants drawn to the Hummingbird food are a problem:
But there is concern, if too much of the jelly or oil gets on the Hummingbird’s feathers it could cause them problems in flight. Care should be taken to use only a small smear around the feeding ports and not right up to the edge of the hole or not at all.
Another method used by some people to keep ants out of hummingbird feeder nectar is to spray chemicals on the piece that is attached to the hummingbird feeder to hang it.
Spraying any part of the feeder with chemicals is not recommended. Hummingbirds are very tiny animals and even a little spray, on an ant that a bird eats, can cause them great harm.
Hummingbird information sources warn against using pesticides on flowers or any plants in or around your yard. Bugs or nectar from flowers that are Hummingbird food could become contaminated and be fatal to the birds.
This is certainly not just for the safety of Hummingbirds. Many birds will be eating bugs and worms, or even drinking water that collects on leaves after a rain. Any pesticides or chemicals which have been used could cause great harm.
Hummingbird feeders attract animals like squirrels, raccoons and bears, that cannot resist the sweet drink they contain.
The only solution is to place your hummingbird feeder nectar where it cannot be reached.
Some hummingbird feeders can be mounted on a pole or hung on a shepherd’s hook. Then a baffle can be installed on the pole under the feeder to prevent raccoons and squirrels from reaching the feeders.
Bears are not so easy to deter. Taking feeders in and not feeding the birds may be the only solution to this problem. If problems persist of course, animal control may be necessary.
Once all the wrinkles have been smoothed out with your hummingbird feeder nectar, there will be nothing left to do but a little maintenance and a heap of enjoyment!
Hummingbird Nectar Attracts Unwelcome Guests