why are yellow jackets attracted to my tree? - Knowledgebase Question

Otis Orchards, Wa
Question by shannon606
July 23, 2009
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 from NGA
July 23, 2009


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!

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