The Q&A Archives: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

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Answer: Sapsuckers rarely injure a tree - they feed on sap rather than dig deep for insects. Before attempting any type of control effort for the sapsucker, wait and see if the bird returns to the area and causes new damage. If fresh damage occurs, check with your local garden center for a product to discourage sapsuckers from further damaging the tree. (Local laws may differ from State laws and your local garden center will carry products legal in your particular area.) Previously damaged areas of the tree might be wrapped with burlap, hardware cloth, or other protective material during April or May and again in September and October to discourage repeat damage. Do not leave protective burlap on during the summer months, but do leave hardware cloth on. Best wishes with your trees!

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