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Old 07-11-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

A woodpecker has decided that my deck rail is his peck of choice for now. I have filled in the holes and stained the deck, and he hasn't been around the last two days. If he returns, have any of you had success with any deterrents out there? The spray-on stuff is intriguing, but expensive. The owl is cheap, as are other passive devices (big eyes with streamers, e.g.) My question about the owl and big eyes with streamers is - will they also deter the other birds? We have a feeder on the deck and we don't want to also scare those birds that visit it. My wife said, "Just cover up the railing for a week. Maybe he'll forget and move on." Do birds behave that way?

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You could try the three S's.

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Pray tell, what are the three S's in regards to woodpeckers?
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Shoot it, shovel, and shut up.
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I think our developement would shoot us! If wqe were in the country, maybe. Suburbs...not gonna happen.
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Woodpeckers are pecking for a reason. They hear insect activity in whatever they're going after. Have you inspected the wood to see if there is any insect evidence.
My brother just had to replace his fascia boards because woodpeckers were going after bees that borrowed in it.
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Woodpeckers are pecking for a reason. They hear insect activity in whatever they're going after. Have you inspected the wood to see if there is any insect evidence.

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