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Reasons for woodpecker damage
Wood peckers hammer or peck on wood or even metal objects for a few distinctive reasons:
Making a nesting home
One of the most common reasons is a woodpecker making a nesting hole.
A nesting hole from a woodpecker will be round and large. Nesting holes are usually built in the beginning of the breeding season between late April and May.
Breeding / Mating
Another reason for woodpeckers making loud hammering noises (drumming) is for proclaiming the birds territory and attracting a mate. If this is the case, they will most likely stop once breeding has begun in spring and they don’t drum when looking for food.
Feeding on insects and worms
Woodpeckers often make small irregular shaped holes when forging for food such as insects.
Woodpeckers are particularly fond of the larvae of carpenter bees, leafcutter bees, and grass bagworms.
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Installing a feeder to feed the birds
Adding a bird feeder around the area may draw the birds away from your house. Make sure to keep the feeder constantly supplied with food, especially throughout fall and winter when natural food becomes scarce and birds become hungriest because of cold weather.
Placing a statue in surrounding area
Placing a statue such as an owl or hawk in surrounding area may scare away wood peckers from the home
Hanging Aluminum foil strips or reflective tape
Aluminum foil strips or reflective tape can be hung from areas where damage is occurring and may scare away woodpeckers. The strips should be able to hang freely and blow in the wind.
Please Note: No solution has been proven to always be 100% effective. Situations may vary.
How to fix woodpecker damage holes
- Wash Exterior of home and let dry.
- Patch with putty, bondo or light cement compound. Replacing wood or boards may be necessary depending on severity of damage.
- Paint house with exterior stain of your choice. You can optionally get a special additive to mix into the paint to help get rid / prevent bugs/insects making nests in your home.
Do not damage or remove eggs from an established woodpecker nest. Woodpeckers are protected under the Migratory Bird Act and such actions are illegal without the proper authorization.
Do not injure or attempt to capture the birds. This is also illegal under the Migratory Bird Act and can result in fines or jail time for any violations.
Please contact a humane wildlife removal and control service expert for more information.