The Q&A Archives: Cherry Blossom ants

Question: Hello,

I've got a cherry blossom that seems to be having some problems. There appear to be ants climbing up and down the trunk. Could they be eating the cherry blossom? What should I do to stop them? Thanks!


Answer: Ants in and of themselves would not bother a tree so you shouldn't need to do anything to control them. You might want to examine the tree carefully and see if there are any problems with it such as holes in the trunk or peeling bark or decayed wood or sap oozing out anywhere. If you see something unusual like that, I would suggest you consult with your county extension for help. Good luck with your tree!

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