Best Practices for Cleaning and Disinfecting Hummingbird Feeders

Regularly clean feeders with hot water and a bottle brush. Use a vinegar solution to disinfect. Rinse thoroughly before refilling to keep hummingbirds healthy.

Avoid using soap or bleach, as residue can harm hummingbirds. Clean feeders at least once a week, more often in hot weather. Check for mold growth.

Inspect feeders for damage and replace any worn parts. Position feeders in shaded areas to prevent rapid bacterial growth. Keep ants away with moats or traps.

Use natural deterrents like mint or marigolds to repel insects. Store extra nectar in the fridge for up to two weeks. Provide fresh nectar every 2-3 days.

Keep feeding ports clean and unclogged. Consider rotating multiple feeders to clean and disinfect thoroughly. Enjoy watching healthy hummingbirds in your yard!

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