Sticky gummy substance on peach tree

There is a brownish sticky gummy like substance on the trunk and base of my peach tree. What are they? Are they harmful? I get otherwise good peaches.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Sounds like you may have peach borer, a common problem of peaches. Since they are well into the wood there is not much you can do to treat it. Peaches are short-lived fruit trees, unlike apples and pears. Your best bet would be to enjoy those peaches as long as the tree produces. Also plan for the future when that peach dies by planting another peach or two.


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