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Protecting Birds from Insects

Protecting Birds

 

Birds may face dangers in their everyday lives both while eating, flying, or perching. The danger may be from one of their own kind who feels his territory has been invaded.

 

Other dangers include larger birds who will kill and eat smaller birds, squirrels who raid the bird feeders, insects who invade hummingbird feeders, and windows which appear invisible to birds in flight.

 

Here are some ways to combat the problematic situations, making your birdfeeders some of the most popular and most frequented in the neighborhood, resulting in hours of birdwatching fun for you and your family.

 

 

 

 

Preventing Invading Insects

 

ant guards for hummingbird feeders

Hummingbird feeders have their own pests to deal with, most notably ants, bees and wasps, who are attracted to the same sugar nectar that hummingbirds like. They not only steal food, but they can also contaminate it and discourage hummingbirds from feeding.

 

As a solution to your ant problem, we offer an Ant Guard, which can be hung above your Hummingbird feeder. The Perky-Pet™ Ant Guard uses Permethrin to repel ants and is proven safe around birds, pets and people.

 

Ant moats are another option for keeping these pests away. Several of our feeders have built-in ant moats, which is an area on the top of feeder that can be filled with a small amount of water. Ants are unable to get around this barrier.

hummingbird feeder with bee guards

 

If bees, hornets or wasps are invading your feeder, your best bet is to purchase a hummingbird feeder with built-in bee guards. These are mesh-guards that prevent bees and wasps access to the feeding ports

Oasis hummingbird feeder

 

Additionally, you can try a saucer-shaped feeder, such as our Oasis feeder, which has the feeding ports on the top of the feeder. Because the nectar level is much lower on these feeders, bees and wasps cannot reach the food.

 

 

 

Birdfeeders.com is your leading online source for wild bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and feeder accessories. We offer the broadest and deepest set of quality bird feeders to make your wild bird watching experience even more enjoyable!

 

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