Loquat under attack by Sapsuckers

usefulgardener(7)March 20, 2012

My beloved loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is under terrible attack by sapsuckers. The main trunks are almost completely girdled. I've never experienced such damage. I have wrapped the trunks in heavy paper commercial tree wrap and the suckers drilled and tore right through it. I coated the trunk with wax - they drilled through that, too! Does anyone have any experience with this intense a problem? It has never been this bad in the past. The trunks are running sap - so far no insects but I fear for disease and insect infestation as the weather continues to warm up. You can see the problem at the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: usefulgardens.blogspot.com - sapsucker attack

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

You may have to wrap the trunk in something more substantial, like hardware cloth. Your link is not working, btw. Can you re-post it?

Patty S.

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