I have red-headed rascals ruining my trees, how can I stop this pest?

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Usually, birds mine trees looking for bugs that currently reside in the tree. But sometimes, birds will create the cavities in the tree to attract bugs. The bugs sense the stress in the tree from the pecker pecking holes and the bugs come in to see what's happening... then the birds come back... and the tree is worse-for-wear. You can wrap the base of the tree in burlap (a sack) or some material that will impede the birds. Or spread some noxious material (something that stinks like game repellent that is used on reforestation trees).

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