Cherry Laurel Trunk Is Being Chewed Just Above Scrub

Question From: P. Edwards - Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Q: We have cherry laurel that seems to have had something chewing around the trunk just above trunk of the scrub. the scrubs are dying out.

Could be voles or mice, I'd set traps around the area using peanut butter for bait. You might also make a cage of hardware cloth to surround the base of the shrub. Sink it a few inches into the ground.
Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.