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I have a hummingbird feeder out. I finally got a hummingbird to come to it. Last night it was just loaded with bees and the bees chased the hummingbird away. It tried to come back several times, but the bees kept chasing the bird away. How can I get rid of the bees without hurting the hummingbird? This is getting to be a pain because the bees are becoming overwhelming. They are even buzzing me sitting on my deck. I do not want to take down the feeder, but am almost being forced to.

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

There are a couple of things you can try to reduce the bee problem at your hummingbird feeder. Try spraying or dabbing vegetable oil on and around the ports where the bees are feeding. This will not bother the hummingbirds, but should deter the bees. Another possibility is to install "bee guards," on the ports. They are little round cages that allow the hummingbirds to feed with their long bills, but keep the bees from reaching the sweet fluid. Bee guards are available at most bird supply stores.

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