Bee Guard Question - Dr JB Hummingbird Feeder

Bee Guard Question - Dr JB Hummingbird Feeder

We recently received the below question from an owner of the Dr JB Hummingbird Feeder.  As this was an excellent question, we wanted to share the answer with you all.

Question: "Do I need a Bee Guard for my Dr. JB's Hummingbird Feeder?"

Answer: "First of all - Great hearing from you and thanks for buying a Dr. JB Hummingbird Feeder.  I'll do my best to address your request for a bee guard.  Like many feeders that feature feeding from the top of a Flat Nectar Base - most folks find the Dr. JB's to be extremely bee resistant.  Why?  Because the bee's stinger (to access/drink the nectar) is much shorter than a Hummingbird's tongue, most experts agree that flat tops are much more bee resistant.

Two other things we've done on the Dr. JB to help further our Bee Resistance:

1) We've gone to "All Red" Blossoms.  If you have yellow ones (the favorite color of bees), you'll want to buy Red Replacement Flowers.

2) The series of ridges / baffles inside the base of the Dr. JB's feeder do 2 things:

 

  • Prevents leaking when in a windy condition (this helps decrease bee attraction as well as saving nectar).
  • Helps keep nectar levels away from the ports - Again making it hard for bees to reach.

 

If bees become attracted to a Feeder:

1) Immediately wash the feeder.  Bees mark a nectar source with scent and washing removes it.  Also, make sure you've spilled no nectar nearby.

2) Move the feeder.  After washing and moving the feeder slightly, Bees won't usually return. 

Lastly, if bees persist after all the above, many experts tell us it's OK to put a little Avon "Skin So Soft" (lightly) around the ports, as it contains all natural ingredients that won't harm bees or Hummers, but seems to discourage bees and other insects.

Please remember Ant problems can be solved with a Nectar Protector filled with water, hung above any feeder!

Thanks so much!

Mel Toellner, President - Songbird Essentials 

Posted: 2011-09-14