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Who is chewing my rose cane?

11 years ago

I suddenly noticed areas on three parts of various large old canes of my Belle Portugaise that look as if someone had been chewing on them (or a cat sharpening its claws, or a deer rubbing its antlers, neither of which are possible). The places are about 8-9 feet off the ground. We do not have any rabbits, let alone house climbing ones. We do have lots of squirrels that use the canes as highways, but that has been the case for years, and I have never seen this sort of damage before.

I sprayed the damaged areas with "critter go-away" spray, and my DH is dreaming up some sort of physical barrier, but I have miles of this sort of rose canes, so I would like to know who is doing this. Any ideas?


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