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Loquat under attack by Sapsuckers

Posted by usefulgardener 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 20, 12 at 15:28

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: - sapsucker attack

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RE: Loquat under attack by Sapsuckers

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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