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Trees/woodpeckers and pine trees


Do you have to cut down a pine tree when there is woodpecker damage?

If the needles are green then the tree is ok. What you are describing is made by a woodpecker (bird) called a Sap sucker. These birds make the holes and insects will come to feed on the sap and the bird returns to eat the insects. The white is sap from the pine You can spray the bark where the holes are located with an insecticide and this will kill the insects and the birds will stop coming. Use any house hold insecticide like Raid or Sevin.
I would also fertilize the tree with 10-10-10 fertilizer at the rate of 1 lb of fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter scattered around the tree and watered in good. Do this now and again next spring.  


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Jim Hyland


I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.


34 years as State Pest Management Chief in a Southern state. Extensive knowledge in Forestry.

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