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Common Insects, Mites & Vertebrates
 
Aphids 
Asian lady beetle 
Bark beetles 
Brown marmorated stink bug 
Brown soft scale 
California gallfly 
Conifer aphids 
Cottony camellia scale 
Cutworms and loopers 
Deer damage 
Earwigs 
Eriophyid mites 
Exotic longhorned beetles 
Fall webworm 
Inchworms 
Leafhoppers 
Leafminers 
Leafrollers 
Lecanium scale 
Oystershell scale 
Pamphilid sawflies 
Pear slug 
Root weevils 
Sapsucker damage 
Shothole borer 
Skeletonizers 
Slugs 
Sowbugs, pillbugs, and millipedes 
Spider mites 
Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) 
Tent caterpillars 
Voles 



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Caption: Sapsucker damage on birch
Photo by: C.R. Foss
  
Common Insects, Mites & Vertebrates : Sapsucker damage
(revision date: 2/13/2015)


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!

Chemical Management

None recommended

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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: Sapsucker damage on birch
Photo by: C.R. Foss