What causes this tree damage?

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Date Photo Taken: 10/10/2012
Location: Clarkesville, GA
Posted By: nickb

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Many of my trees (oaks and maples) exhibit this problem where the bark is stripped away down to the wood. The tree seems to recover since it looks like there is a small part of the cambium left intact. Anyone know what causes this and how to prevent it from happening?

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  1. nickb Registered says:

    I wonder if this could be caused by squirrels during low food periods. Do squirrels eat tree bark when there are no acorns available?

    October 16th, 2012 at 10:02 pm
  2. nickb Registered says:

    After doing some Googleing, it looks like this bark damage is probably being caused by squirrels. Now I know why Walter is at war with these cute little rascals : ).

    October 16th, 2012 at 10:11 pm
  3. Nick Bernier Unregistered says:

    I just saw Walters reply to a similar question and it looks like the culprit is the European Wasp. Sorry for blaming our little friend the squirrel : ).

    http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/european-hornet-damage-to-plant/

    December 15th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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