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Which pest would eat new shoots, young leaves and tiny new fruits of a young mulberry tree?

We have young mullberry tree a little over meter high, under attack by some pest.There's new damage each morning. What would snip/eat ends of new shoots, young leaves and tiny new fruits, leaving just bare branches? The damage extends even to the thinnest side branches, barely couple mm thick. We have no idea what we're dealing with. Rats? Mice? We've put out rat bait, but it's untouched. Please help, we're afraid we'll lose the tree

Submitted: 03:05PM, 27 Aug 2012
Answer: Hi Chris,

At first I thought it could be possums, but the tree is only a metre high so I am not sure if they would expose themselves so close to the ground. Caterpillars do chew foliage but it sounds like a larger creature that is doing such damage. Mice and rats, as you have mentioned, could be responsible. Check around the tree and look for droppings. You may be able to identify the culprits that way. In any case, you will need to put a net over the tree to protect it from being destroyed. Hopefully once the tree grows to a decent height, it will be in a stronger position to survive.

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