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p.1 #1 · Experiment with a feeder


Yellow jackets have been swarming my hummingbird feeder of late owing to humid conditions I guess. So following a tip from About.com, I removed the flower and the yellow stopper to replace with a copper tube, smeared with Olive oil, extending the snout.

Yellow Jackets have kind of stayed away and my buddy still seems to be testing the alteration








Sep 10, 2013 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #2 · Experiment with a feeder


Interesting!! I'll have to remember that. Some good detail in this shot Shreeni.


Sep 10, 2013 at 01:43 AM
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Well done on both Shreeni ~ Ron


Sep 10, 2013 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #4 · Experiment with a feeder


Sounds like a great solution ! Lots of detail in your shot Shreeni !

Birdie



Sep 10, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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Great job Shreeni, well done.
David



Sep 10, 2013 at 07:11 PM
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p.1 #6 · Experiment with a feeder


Don't know why you would not just use the standard bee guards that usually come with hummer feeders. As for wasps, they can often be kept away by just hanging a small brown paper bag nearby.

See: http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Yellow-Jacket-Wasps-Away

Tony



Sep 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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very nice Shreeni


Sep 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Tony - I have done most of those (except brown bags) but have not been effective. I had the bee guards on but since they were yellow in color they attracted them more ? I don't know. I don't have any nests around the porch so they must be somewhere else returning here for food.

This option seems to be working but it is so sticky and humid here I am worried about the copper tube contaminating the sweet water.



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p.1 #9 · Experiment with a feeder


Nice sharp shot Shreeni, I would suggest a NR pass

Tim



Sep 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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p.1 #10 · Experiment with a feeder


Shreen,
Fantastic detail!! Love it!!
BeeBalm



Sep 11, 2013 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #11 · Experiment with a feeder


Great shooting!


Sep 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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sritri wrote:
Tony - I have done most of those (except brown bags) but have not been effective. I had the bee guards on but since they were yellow in color they attracted them more ? I don't know. I don't have any nests around the porch so they must be somewhere else returning here for food.

This option seems to be working but it is so sticky and humid here I am worried about the copper tube contaminating the sweet water.


Shreeni,

I think it is the smell of sugar that attracts the wasps to the feeder, not the yellow colour. I don't like to put anything sticky or oily near a hummer feeder in case it gets on the hummers.

The ultimate wasp trap is a jar with a piece a meat in it. attach a piece of tin foil over the top of the jar and make a hole in it large enough for the wasps to enter. They will smell the meat and go into the jar, but for some reason they can never figure how to get out.

Warning: this method is stinky.



Sep 11, 2013 at 04:19 PM
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p.1 #13 · Experiment with a feeder


Thanks Tony. But being a veggie guy I can't use the meat option. I will try a more sweeter dripper a little farther away and see if they will leave the hummers alone.

I have made sure that except for the outer snout nothing else is oily or sticky. Even on the snout, the olive oil was brushed by hand, so it is a super thin film at best.



Sep 11, 2013 at 05:48 PM
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p.1 #14 · Experiment with a feeder


Shreeni-
Not only usefully informative- but an excellent image.
Charlie



Sep 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #15 · Experiment with a feeder


Interesting indeed.
Superb shot Sritri!

Phoo



Sep 12, 2013 at 07:57 PM





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