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Last year my maple tree started losing leaves. I investigated and found it full of earwigs under the bark. I killed the bugs. The bark is falling off, Can I save my tree? It is over 20 years old.

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Earwigs are not the damaging agent in this instance.  Disease, winter, or physical damage may have caused the inner bark to deteriorate.  This is where a plants water and food pipelines exist. Thus, the losing of leaves during the past season was an indicator of troubles. If the damage is not severe the edges of the area in question will begin to swell and seal over this spot. If this is occurring your job will simply be patience.

Posted on 19 Mar 2008

Bill Varga
Horticulture Specialist

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