Everyone likes hummingbirds but hummingbird feeders can attract insects, mice, rats, raccoons, and even bears! A better alternative is planting a variety of the nectar-rich flowers that are hummers’ natural food.
For the best results, combine both annual and perennial flowers. Top favorites for hummers include columbine, impatiens, petunias, butterfly bush, and many more.
Hummingbirds also eat tree sap, fruit juices, pollen, and insects, including spiders. Avoid spraying pesticides or insecticides that would remove these natural food sources. The more varied your hummingbird food sources, the more birds you will attract and the healthier they will be.