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3 Best Nectar Guards for Hummingbird Feeders

3 Best Nectar Guards for Hummingbird Feeders
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There is no better way to catch the attention of hungry hummingbirds than to have nectar feeders in your yard. But you often notice hummers dropping quite a lot of sweet nectar out of their bills, which is enough for pesky bees to congregate. In this way, the hummingbird feeder becomes a free meal for a variety of unlikely visitors, which can be a hassle for your birds. 
 
Despite the fact nectar guards are typically very effective against bugs, you need to realize that it is virtually impossible to completely prevent all kinds of bugs from getting inside the nectar. But you can certainly force them to dine elsewhere by using a variety of safe methods.

Before we deep dive into some of our top picks for the best nectar guards for hummingbirds, It is important to note that you need to push the guard tips as far down as possible for a snug fit. Some times (but not always!), it is hard for your perky flitters to sip the nectar through them. 

3 Best Nectar Guards for Hummingbird Feeders

01.

Aspects Nectar Guard Tips, Clear

Simply create a barrier to flying intruders by sliding these Aspects guard tips from the underside of nectar-feeding ports. These are pretty soft, squishable and neat protectors. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about your hummers opening up these nectar guards with their beaks. They fit right into the feeding flowers of hummingbird feeders. Since the guard tips are transparent, you can easily see the mold inside and clean these caps easily. 
What We Like
  • Very soft and permeable
  • Keep the bees out 
  • Opens up and closes tightly
What We Don’t Like
  • Slightly difficult to put on

Learn More: Best Glass Hummingbird Feeders with Perch

02.

Perky-Pet Replacement Yellow Bee Guards

With these natural round shape bee guards by Perky-Pet, you can be pretty sure to parry four-legged interlopers from bothering your hummingbirds. The top of these nectar guards snap open conveniently and if you see any mildew, they are very easy to clean too. 
What We Like
  • Mimic real flowers
  • Soft and squishy
  • Prevent bees from bothering feeding hummers
What We Don’t Like
  • Nil

Learn More: Best Handheld Hummingbird Feeders

03.

Perky pet Hummingbird Feeder Bee Guard

These Perky Pet bee guards fit perfectly to just about any size of hummingbird feeder. Being soft and squishy, you can’t be wrong with having such guard tips on your feeding ports. The fact that these bee guards mimic real life yellow flowers, these will probably attract more hungry hummers from far away. Just as they fit nicely onto almost any kind of nectar-feeding station, they are equally mess-free to clean as well.  
What We Like
  • Soft and squishy
  • Easily fit to most feeders
  • Allows for easy thorough cleaning
What We Don’t Like
  • Little high priced

How To Keep Bees And Wasps Away From Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbirds aren’t the only one that gets attracted to the sweet syrup, there are some other not-so-welcome visitors too like bees, wasps, hornets, and insects. These unlikely guests can be a great nuisance for your little feathered friends, and for you as well. Besides, too many insects can contaminate the nectar, which is harmful for hummingbirds. 

So in order to parry these pesky bees, some birders lose patience and may seek out to use pesticide chemicals instead. But these methods are very devastating for the declining population of bees and ants. After all, they are also part of a natural ecosystem. Remember, bees are one of the most effective pollinators of flowers, and more flowers mean more nectar-feeding spots for birds. Likewise, insects also form as the most important food source for most birds. 

For that reason, in order to ward off these surprise guests from your hummingbird feeder, let’s try out some of the all-natural and effective, yet safe methods. If your hummingbirds and wasps say thanks to you, you’re WELCOME!

Use bright red saucer feeders
 
The red tint of saucer feeder probably appeals to hummingbirds more than to bees and wasps, who seem to be more inclined toward yellow color. Therefore, try not to have feeders with yellow accents. But if you already have one, you can repaint it with non-toxic red color. Plus, since hummingbirds have pretty long tongue, they can easily retrieve the sweet liquid from saucer-style feeders. But not so easy for crawling insects, because the sugary water is not close to the feeding ports, which means ants can’t get to it.
Buy hummingbird feeder with a bee guard 
 
One of the most effective deterrents of crawling insects is to use an ant moat (or bee guard). Most hummingbird feeders typically come with a built-in ant moat to keep crawling insects at bay. However, there are some feeders without it. So if you have a feeder without ant moat, simply attach a moat above the feeder and fill it with water. Ants can’t swim so there is no way they can get inside with moats in place. Always remember to clean the moats regularly and refill them. 
Regular cleaning
 
Like other birds, hummers can be quite messy while feeding. Oftentimes, the sweet nectar drips out of their bills. As a result, the sugary water falls onto the feeder and turns into a free meal for both bees and insects. Not only this, when some feeders are too full, they may spill out their contents on heating up too. Thus, always carefully clean the outside parts of the feeder when refilling.
Try fishing line with the feeder
 
Are you really frustrated with a lot of sweet-loving insects bothering your hummingbirds? Let’s try hanging the feeder with a fishing line because it is so thin that most insects may not be able to climb at all. If they won’t be able to climb, they can’t have access to the sweet meal. Alternatively, you may also try to hang it from a gutter and see if it helps. 
Change the position of your feeder
 
If you relocate your feeder by just a few feet, it is less likely for insects to come again. But don’t worry! hummingbirds can still locate the food source. The reason being, hummingbirds probably look around for other food sources on frequent visits and they will have no trouble in finding this feeder nearby. 
Learn More: Where To Hang Hummingbird Feeders
Place the feeder in shaded area
 
Most bees and wasps like to feed in sunlight which is why they are often attracted to nectar present in sunny spots. If you hang your feeder away from sunlight, it will probably become less appealing to these flying intruders. Besides, if you keep your sugary liquid cooler, it also results in the slow growth of bacteria and mold inside. 
Fake wasp nests may do the job!
 
Typically, wasps don’t really go into places where other wasps are already present. Therefore, if you place fake wasp nests close to your feeder, it may alert intruders that this area is already occupied.
Offer diversion feeders for bees 
 
Finally, if you don’t want four-legged interlopers to go away, you can have a diversion feeder for them where they can dine separately. What you can do is prepare a sugary solution in a yellow flower accent and place it in a sunny spot, and you’re good to go.
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