Holes in Bradford Pear trees

Asked October 9, 2017, 5:38 PM EDT

We have several Bradford Pear trees that have lines of holes in the truck. Several lines that are almost a straight line. Each line is about 2-3 inches apart and each hole is about 1/8" deep. Is this a bug or bird and is there a permanent fix?

Christian County Kentucky

1 Response

Those are holes made by a woodpecker, most likely the yellow bellied sapsucker. It drills these holes to cause the sap to puddle and attract small insects, which it eats. Nothing needs to be done; generally causes no harm to the tree.

Here are more details.
https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7561.pdf