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Vertebrate : Sapsucker damage
(revision date: 2/14/2019)


Biology
Rows of horizontally oriented holes in trunks and branches of various types of trees are typical feeding sites for sapsuckers (woodpeckers). Mild to moderate damage usually has little long-term impact on the health of the tree. Severe damage may weaken trees, making them more susceptible to wind damage. For more information, see WSU Publication FS057E Recognizing Sapsucker Damage on Your Trees.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
None recommended
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

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Caption: Sapsucker damage on birch
Photo by: C.R. Foss
Caption: Sapsucker damage on pine
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) is common throughout western Washington
Photo by: K.W. Zobrist
Caption: Red-breasted sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)
Photo by: K.W. Zobrist
Caption: Sapsucker damage on birch
Photo by: C.R. Foss