Trees and Shrubs forum: Lilac Bush - What is attacking this shrub?

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 9, 2014 4:31 PM CST

When I came home from work this evening, my husband said he has been seeing yellow wasps or hornets chewing on my lilac bush. I am afraid that they have killed some of the branches because the bark is gone all around the branch. Can someone tell me what is going on and how to protect it from further damage? Thanks!

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Vickie
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Cinta
Oct 17, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Squirrels are eating your bark off the tree. Put hot sauce in a bottle with some water and spray it on the tree limb. There is a spray at your nursery but it is expensive and it is nothing more than hot sauce anyway. So you mine as well make your own for 15.00 cheaper.

"Squirrels can cause damage, from nipping off the tips of limbs to stripping the bark off trees. Squirrels may be eating tissue under the bark, drinking sap or making nests. You can put hardware cloth or chicken wire around the trunk of the tree to prevent this destructive behavior. Spraying the trunk with a taste repellent also might work. Hot-pepper sprays and products such as Ro-pel are available and easy to use."
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Oct 18, 2014 6:14 AM CST
Thanks, Cinta!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 23, 2014 7:01 AM CST
European hornets can do this to lilacs, see:

http://bygl.osu.edu/content/european-hornets-cause-stem-dama...

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