Sapsucker Of Magnolia

Disease Information

Sapsucker

 Symptomsand damage

Sapsuckers peck at trees and feed on sap, bark and small insects that are attracted to the sap .Sapsucker damage is more common on large landscape trees. It can be distinguished from trunk-boring insect damage by the many uni­form rows of sapsucker holes forming rings around the trunk and large branches ,whereas borer damage occurs more randomly and usually with much less frequency. Extensive sapsucker damage creates entry points for disease-causing organisms and boring insects and gener­ally weakens the plants, making plants more susceptible to other types of stresses.

 

Management

Recurrent damage may be prevented by wrapping dam­aged areas with netting, burlap or similar materials. Sapsuckers may be repelled by sound-making devices, visual deterrents (e.g. movement of reflective strips or a fake owl) or coating the damaged area with a sticky substance to discourage bird visitation.



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