I have several maples in my yard that have recently begun peeling lengthwise up the trunk from the base of the tree. There are a lot of earwigs under the bark and appear to be eating away at the dead bark as it continues to peel from the west side of the tree around to the south. I have read that earwigs are not harmful to the bark, but I don't know what is causing the damage to the bark. I had solid plastic tubes around the trunks to protect from deer, but I switched to an open air plastic chicken wire when I saw the peeling. Unfortunately, the peeling is getting worse and more trees are showing the same symptoms.
Will wrapping the trees allow for healing and stop the bark from peeling? or is my problem not above ground?
Thanks for your help.