Loc: Southern Lake Superior
We have a hummingbird feeder on our patio door.
Most of the summer, the hummingbirds have had drinks in relative peace. The only time they didn't come out was when there were crows in the yard.
This past week, we've had 1. an invasion of ants 2. persistent wasps.
The ants were mostly stupid and dozens drowned themselves in the feeder. I put some Terro out on the deck, and I hope the ants are dropping like flies. They aren't bothering the feeder anymore.
There was a wasp that wouldn't leave the feeder Friday or Saturday. I finally got irritated, and sprayed the bugger with "nonpoisinous" spray, which croaks them if you can hit 'em square-on.
It made quite a mess, though, so no more spray for now.
We've got a new wasp, and it doesn't like sharing, either. This female ruby-throat, though, is a master flyer. She keeps coming in for a drink and usually gets something. The wasp comes after her, but she's too quick and agile. Pretty entertaining.
_________________________ Stumpy "Seek for the merit in others, even the tiniest shred. Then do the same in yourself" -Reb Nachman
I've had the same problem here too but with wasps and bumblebees… the wasps are the most pesky though. Then some honey bees came !! Turned into Hymenoptera Hang out !! SO I took it down for a few days. I'll put it back maybe Wednesday.
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