Wood Pecker

Asked April 14, 2019, 12:12 PM EDT

We have an Atlas Cedar that is being attacked by a Wood Pecker Need suggestions to save tree and stop the wood pecker from boring holes

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

The likely culprit is a sapsucker (woodpecker). These birds will drill holes in selected trees in horizontal patterns. While they ingest some of the sap, they are also interested in the insects that are subsequently attracted to the sap. Sapsucker damage is rarely lethal to a mature tree. Some people wrap burlap or hardware cloth around trees temporarily to deny access to the birds. Others suggest hanging a fake rubber snake in the tree to act as a deterrent. Refer to our website for more information. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/woodpeckers-and-sapsuckers