How & Why

Are Ants Good For Cherry Trees?

Are ants bad for cherry trees?

Why ants and cherry trees? Well, certain ants that feed on tree sap may cause problems for the trees themselves if they overfeed. To get an idea about the benefits of these critters and to help you decide what to do with ant mounds in your yard, we talked to an expert.

People ask me like I have a cherry tree and every year the ants come and tap on the real. It is like a clear sticky substance. What is it and what should I do?

The “clear sticky substance” you referred to is called “honeydew” or “sap exudation.” Ants produce honeydew as they feed on sap from the cherry tree’s leaves, stems, flowers, fruits, branches or trunk.

Yes. Ants damage cherry trees by tapping sap from the tree’s leaves, stems, flowers or fruits and then eating it. In turn, the ants defecate on the leaves of cherry trees in a pattern similar to a football shape which is called “honeydew.” This honeydew drips from the tips of branches and can form large globules in a year’s time.

Do ants damage cherry trees?

Yes, this is effects cherry tree. You can’t get rid of the ants and the leaves get covered with their waste. What should you do?

There are home remedies for getting rid of ants, but we recommend you contact a professional who can help you watch for ants and their sap and determine if the tree needs to be sprayed. If it does, we recommend you contact your local county extension office to get guidance about which insecticide to use and at what dosage level to use it.

Why is my cherry tree covered in ants?

The ants damage the cherry tree by tapping liquid from the leaves, flowers and fruits. This liquid is called honeydew and can drip from the tips of trees’ branches and form large globules over time. The ants eat this honeydew, which is produced when they feed on sap from a cherry tree’s leaves, stems, flowers or fruits.

How do I stop ants eating my cherry tree?

-The best way to keep ants away from your cherry tree is to kill the queen ant. This will stop reproduction in your yard.

-Another option would be to buy some ant traps. They are easy to place near the cherry tree and cost around $6 each.”

-We also recommend you contact a professional who can help you watch for ants and their sap and determine if the tree needs to be sprayed. If it does, we recommend you contact your local county extension office to get guidance about which insecticide to use and at what dosage level to use it.

-There are home remedies for getting rid of ants, but we recommend you contact a professional who can help you watch for ants and their sap and determine if the tree needs to be sprayed.