Saving a red maple from sapsucker damage

Asked August 1, 2019, 4:47 PM EDT

I have two maples that appear to have pinholes consistent with sapsucker damage. One site recommends wrapping the trees with burlap to limit additional damage. When are sapsuckers feeding in Maryland. Also, is there anything you recommend to help an injured tree? These are two beautiful and otherwise healthy trees that I'd hate to lose.

Baltimore County Maryland wildlife trees pest insects and mites question re sapsucker damage making pinholes holes in red maple limbs

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You mention 'pinholes'. To us that sounds like something smaller than Sapsuckers.
Sapsuckers drill numerous rows of 1/4 - 3/8 inch closely spaced holes. Is this the size you are speaking of? You can look at typical woodpecker damage here:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/woodpeckers-and-sapsuckers

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Christine

The holes are 1/4 inch and they are in horizontal rows. Is there anything to be done to help the tree deal with these holes? To avoid insect infestation or infection? I can wrap the trees in fall to prevent future damage.

Please read carefully through our webpage on sapsuckers. Their drilling rarely has any effect on the tree. As you can see from the photos, trees tolerate hundreds of these holes with no problem. You do not need to take any measures.

Sapsuckers and trees have been co-existing for eons. Sapsuckers don't want to kill the tree or then they wouldn't have it as a food source. Sapsuckers are native to Maryland.

Ellen


Please read carefully through our webpage on sapsuckers. Their drilling rarely has any effect on the tree. As you can see from the photos, trees tolerate hundreds of these holes with no problem. You do not need to take any measures.

Sapsuckers and trees have been co-existing for eons. Sapsuckers don't want to kill the tree or then they wouldn't have it as a food source. Sapsuckers are native to Maryland.

Ellen