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Q.Honeysuckle vines bark stripping

Zone Neenah , Wisc. 54956 | Thomas W Smith added on August 2, 2017 | Answered

Honeysuckle bush in backyard. Noticing the outer bark being stripped off the vines and tiny pairs of teeth marks on the vine/branches. Could this be a chipmunk or some other small type of varmint stripping the bark away? Does the bush have a sweet sap or some other type of natural source for small animals? This bark stripping away is in 4 to 6″ pieces and on 5 to 6 different vines on the same bush.

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Answered on August 7, 2017

I believe squirrels could be the culprit. They may be stripping the bark in search of moisture (water) or attracted to the sweet flavor in the wood.

Here is more info on getting rid of squirrels: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/get-rid-squirrels.htm

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