The Q&A Archives: why are yellow jackets attracted to my tree?

Question: I have a weeping cherry tree that I see yellow jackets all over like bees on flowers. This is new in the past 2 years - any thoughts on why and what I can do to get rid of them?

Answer: The yellowjackets are finding a source of food. Cherry trees exude a sticky sap which is sweet and that's probably why the yellowjackets are swarming around your tree. About the only thing you can do is discourage them by hosing off your tree periodically. Water from a sprinkler will drive them away and it will also dilute or rinse away the sap. There's not much else you can do to discourage them. Wish I had more solutions!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Southern Comfort"