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Old 01-25-2015, 09:07 PM
 
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Can the yellow bellied sapsucker kill our Bradford Pear tree?
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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A lot depends on how many holes there are and whether they girdle or partially girdle the tree. Additionally the holes are entry points for insects, bacteria and fungus that can also injure or kill your tree. There is some evidence that sapsuckers are attracted to stressed trees. Stressed trees, in an attempt to heal themselves, have a more nutrient dense/sweeter sap which the birds are attracted to. There is a very interesting study that shows that if a sapsucker is feeding heavily on a tree there is a prior injury or stress already at work.

Your pic looks like a pine that we inhereted when we bought our property a few years ago. The tree was damaged by drought, competition/crowding from other trees and neglect . At first we thought it was borers at work but it is sapsucker damage. The tree ultimately is going to be cut down because it was too damaged to salvage into a healthy good looking tree. For now it is feeding the birds.

There are a number of sites online with suggestions to help your tree. Good luck.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:54 PM
 
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Can the yellow bellied sapsucker kill our Bradford Pear tree?
Hopefully.
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Check for some squirrel gone wild with a battery operated portable drill.
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