How To Get Rid of Woodpeckers

By Subodh / January 21, 2011

Woodpeckers are beautiful creatures but can also be a bit of an annoyance. They like to peck around for their lunches in trees which normally wouldn’t matter unless you are trying to sleep at the time. They also may want to try pecking at your house for their treats as well, making it look more like a dartboard than anything else. They can cause so much damage to the house that it can look quite disastrous. There are three major reasons why you might want to get rid of your friend woodpecker.

Drumming – During courtship, the males tend to make drumming noises which marks their territory.

Feeding – To look for food, these creatures peck at trees, wooden houses and other such things.

Nesting – Making nesting holes in the trees or sides of various wooden structures is a part of the life of these creatures.

Woodpeckers may make your home their territory if they think that area is a good breeding grounds or if there is an abundance of food. There are some methods that can control the presence of these creatures for your home or land area.

Some of these methods can cause long term harm to these creatures:

Sticky resins: These resins are placed on the areas where woodpeckers are found and are used as a deterrent. They can stick to the plumage of the bird however and can affect the bird’s ability to take off into flight.

Suet: This fatty substance is often used as an alternative to the sticky resins but when it warms it permanently sticks to the bird’s feathers.

Safer Methods to Try Instead

Visual Aids: Adding things to the yard that reflect light such as aluminum foil can be placed in the woodpecker’s normal spot to prevent them from returning. Shapes of predatory birds can also be hung around the area.

Audio Aids: Such systems as the Bird X Peller Pro makes the distress calls of enemy birds, which prevent the woodpeckers from coming into the area. These are motion and sound sensitive systems but can be expensive.

Protective Aids: When visual and audio systems fail, you can protect the areas where woodpeckers perch. You can use mesh plastic netting or hardware cloth – both of which are safe to the birds but protect your property.

Combinations: A lot of professionals tend to use a variety or combination of these methods for the fullest control. Hardware cloth and visual deterrents for example, work well together.

Because these creatures are protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, it is illegal to capture, kill, or harm these birds so take care to treat the problem correctly.

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