Sapsucker Damage to "Blue Fir" Tree

Asked July 20, 2018, 10:52 AM EDT

Have what I call a "blue fir" tree that appears to be dying, trunk is covered with rows of sapsucker holes. Will attach pictures. Anything I can do at this point? Or is tree too far gone?

Howard County Maryland wildlife sapsucker damage pest - other

1 Response

Sometimes a particular tree becomes a favorite feeding place for sapsuckers. The feeding holes are fairly shallow and some trees can sustain a fair amount of damage and be just fine. When the damage is extensive to the trunk, though, a tree may be weakened and become more sensitive to other problems, such as disease, pest insects, or drought.

In your photo, it does appear that the crown of the tree is thinning out. We recommend that you consult with a certified arborist to do an assessment of the tree's overall health. You can find a certified arborist using the website of the International Society of Arboriculture: