Droll Yankees Nectar Guard® Tips (NGT)
Nectar Guard® Tips (NGT)
- Nectar Guard Tips block flying insects from entering the nectar ports and contaminating the nectar of hummingbird feeders, while still allowing hummingbirds to feed
- When insects are a problem, slide the Nectar Guard Tips onto the stem of the feed port after the hummers have gotten accustomed to the feeder
- 12 per package
- Made in the U.S.A.
Nectar Guard® Tips are a helpful insect blocking accessory for hummingbird feeders!
Nectar Needs: Hummingbirds need to feed between 5 and 8 times every hour, so keeping your feeder well supplied with energy packed nectar is crucial, especially in early spring when natural flower nectar and insects are not as readily available.
Making your own nectar instead of using a pre-made mixture is easy and ensures there are no preservatives or coloring. Just mix 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. You may choose to boil the water first but it is not mandatory. Regular table sugar (sucrose) is what hummingbirds seem to like best and it is the most digestible for them. Regular tap water is fine to use. If your water is hard, it will give birds extra electrolytes. If it is soft, add a tiny pinch of salt to each quart of nectar but don’t overdo it or hummers won’t drink it. Nectar will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Do not use any red dye, honey, brown sugar, or sugar substitutes, as they could all be harmful to hummingbirds.
Attract them to your yard: Taking a few steps to ensure hummingbirds are totally at home in your yard makes all the difference. Plant flowers that provide natural food sources for hungry hummingbirds. Also, refrain from using pesticides. A small amount can adversely affect their tiny bodies. Hummers do not rely on nectar alone. Tiny insects provide their protein needs. They catch them on the wing, in flowers, and on spider webs. Leave spider webs in place. Spider silk is a common material favored in hummingbird nest construction.
Some flowers that are hummingbird favorites: American Columbine, Bee Balm, Bugleweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Coral Bean, Coralberry, Fuchsia, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lemon Bottlebrush, Mimosa Tree, Evening Primrose, Red Buckeye, Red Impatiens, Red Salvia, Sage, Tiger Lily, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Trumpet Vine, Weigela, Zinnia
Placement: With options of window mounting, hanging, or pole mounting, you can have a hummingbird feeder almost anywhere! Place them where you can see easily see them, even an easily accessible second story window! We’ve even seen a report of hummingbirds visiting a penthouse garden in New York City. If you must place a nectar feeder in full sun for your enjoyment, just remember to check the condition of the nectar more often. In order to help hummingbirds find your feeders more easily, place them near a hanging flowering plant or tie a red ribbon around the hanging rod. If you place your feeders out in early spring, you will be able to entice the early arrivals of spring migration and persuade them to stay.
Note – Because of the delicate nature of the tips, wash carefully and replace annually, if not sooner.