OK, I need help. I have tried a couple of ideas and no avail. In mid GA here, we are having severe drought, and water/food sources are scarce, so I knew I would be getting more wasps, bees and yellow jackets. But not swarms of them! They seem to wait for the humingbird to arrive and then five or six at a time will swarm the feeder where the bird goes to drink. They are chasing the hummers off! My neighbors are also having same issue. I think maybe the bees and jackets think the hummer will spill some nectar? I just don't know!
I hav placed a second feeder away from the first, and that one has no bee guards, but the yellow jackets still wait on birds to feed. I have also laid out two shallow trays of sweet liquid, hummingbird food, for the bugs. Many feed there, but still a bunch hover at the feeder, as if its theirs and not the birds.
Is there anything that I can use (naturally) to deter the bugs so the hummers can feed in peace?