How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird feeders are quite easy to clean when you have the right supplies and follow the correct cleaning procedure. Before you begin cleaning hummingbird feeders, ensure you have all the supplies you need. You’ll need brushes, gentle dish soap, hot water, and a soft cloth. The soft cloth is used to clean hummingbird faeces, dirt and debris off the outer surface of hummingbird feeders.
First, you’ll need to disassemble the feeder to ensure that each part is thoroughly cleaned. Soak all parts in hot water so that debris and crystallized sugar is loosened. Use a bottle brush to get to all corners and remove all dirt and residual sugar. Once you are done the cleaning, rinse all parts with plenty of running water before leaving the feeder to air dry. You can refill the feeders when you are sure they are thoroughly cleaned and dry.
Some of the signs that tell you should clean hummingbird feeders include;
• Cloud or discolored nectar
• Debris in nectar
• Clogged feeding ports
• Mold growing on feeder
How to Keep Bees and Ants Away from Your Hummingbird Feeders
Having ants, bees and wasps in your hummingbird feeders can be quite frustrating. Consider natural solutions that keep ants and bees away from hummingbird feeders. Avoid using insecticides on insects as these chemicals might affect the hummingbirds. Besides, hummingbirds also feed on proteins to remain healthy. Young hummingbirds require proteins from insects to thrive. (https://journeynorth.org/tm/humm/bees_at_feeder.html)
When choosing hummingbird feeders to purchase, ensure you choose feeders with color red as these birds are attracted to red. Avoid using yellow feeders as these will attract bees. Saucer feeders are preferable as deter insects and ants from getting to the nectar. Because hummingbirds have long beaks, they’ll easily access the sugar solution.
Purchase feeders with ant moats to keep ants from getting to the nectar. Because ants are unable to swim, they won’t be able to get to the feeding ports. Nectar cards are also useful in keeping insects away. Slide a nectar guard over feeding holes to block insects like yellow jacket fro getting to the nectar. Periodically moving feeders also ensure that insects are kept away from the sugar mixture
Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Backyard
Hummingbirds are feeders you will need a constant supply of nectar. To attract hummingbirds to your backyard, you’ll need to plant flowers that are nectar-rich. Such flowers include;
• Bee balm
Consider planting trees that bloom at different seasons to ensure hummingbirds always have nectar-rich flowers to feed on. (http://www.hummingbirdsociety.org/how-to-attract-hummingbirds/)
Hummingbirds also love to bathe that to cool off by flying through moving water. Have fountains, sprinklers, misters and drippers at different locations to ensure hummingbirds can bathe at will. You also need to hang hummingbird feeders around your backyard to supplement nectar hummingbirds get from flowers. Common feeders hummingbird lovers use include;
• Glass bulbs
• Inverted tubes
• Saucer dishes
Hummingbirds also need to feed on insects to thrive. Make your yard insect friendly by ensuring you don’t spray trees with insecticides. Insects like spiders are rich in proteins that hummingbirds benefit from. With a hummingbird-friendly backyard, you will be able to attract hummingbirds, so you get to watch them feed.