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Handyman4Hire 02-10-2012 06:53 PM

Any advice on getting rid of woodpeckers??
 
Been having trouble with woodpeckers pecking holes in siding and nesting in the walls. I have asked several experts and can't really get a good solution from anyone.

handy man88 02-10-2012 10:45 PM

I've read somewhere that woodpeckers peck because they are looking for food. Maybe they hear insects inside your house.

creeper 02-11-2012 05:38 AM

This reminds me of when I was having an ongoing battle with a cardinal who was constantly pecking away at a basement window. In his case he saw his own reflection and was fighting the "other" bird for territory rights. Most birds are typically afraid of people. I happened to have a full page close up picture (daughter was doing a school project) of Roberta Bondar's face. I taped that up and he never came to the window again. (No offence to Roberta...we think she is awesome!!) Alas, he moved off to my brand new Acadia. I also won that battle after a week of installing shopping bags over the review mirrors.

Back to your problem...some sort of weather proof person duct taped to the siding where the little pecker has taken up residence will hopefull send him packing soon

oh'mike 02-11-2012 06:29 AM

They peck for several reasons--but how to get them to stop is a mystery to everyone--

They hear sound from inside of the house--a ticking clock--vibrations from the dryer--any thing and
it sounds like lunch---peck holes usually outline the framing of the house--

Next are the nests---they need a tall dead tree----no standing dead trees in your suburb?

One neighbor tried a shot gun---missed the bird and made a raccoon sized hole in his soffit--

If you ever do find a solution please let me know---(most are a protected species so don't kill them,please)

PAbugman 02-11-2012 10:31 AM

-They also peck during mating season; it’s called “drumming”. Try to stop mating from happening! In our other house they would drum on aluminum siding. In your case it sounds as if it is for nesting which is even more destructive.

I also had a male cardinal that pounded our windows, truck mirrors, etc. I taped up animal pictures to no avail, including ferocious coyotes, etc. The most effective deterrent was our young sons large stuffed monkey with a happy face. Put it in a chair near the window and that window was safe.

Try some kind of scarecrow/alarm tactics. Keep changing locations, sounds, etc as birds quickly realize it’s no threat. Keep it simple but vary it often.

Blondesense 02-11-2012 11:08 AM

We had the same problem when we lived in Oklahoma. I covered the holes with small metal plates and they just moved over a couple of inches and drilled more. You might try covering the holes and then hanging cheap aluminum pie plates (so they will swing and spin) as close as possible to discourage them from coming back, but once they consider it home, you're gonna have a hard time evicting them.
If you have to, DH recommends a BB gun rather than a shotgun, assuming of course, they are not protected.

Quote:

Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 850188)
One neighbor tried a shot gun---missed the bird and made a raccoon sized hole in his soffit--

If you ever do find a solution please let me know---(most are a protected species so don't kill them,please)


creeper 02-11-2012 02:32 PM

chicken wire installed on top of the siding

Missouri Bound 02-11-2012 06:43 PM

Owl statues, plastic with mounts for the side of the house will help. How many you need will depend on the size of your home. The ones that move with the wind are probably the best bet. They'll be a deterrent, but may not stop them completely. I feed the woodpeckers with a suet feeder and they leave my house alone.:whistling2:

mickey cassiba 02-13-2012 04:21 AM

Woodpeckers also hammer to attract mates(Yup it's true). Found this out when we lived next to an abandoned house with a tall metal chimney liner that extended out of the brick chimney. During the early spring they would hammer on the pipe. Sounded like a brass band.

Handyman4Hire 02-13-2012 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Missouri Bound (Post 850839)
Owl statues, plastic with mounts for the side of the house will help.

Funny you mention that my client actually had a plastic owl that he thought would scare the wood pecker away. When we took it down the wood pecker had pecked a hole about the size of a baseball in its head.

joecaption 02-13-2012 01:13 PM

Google Bird X, and Bird B Gone for some good info.

Tom Struble 02-13-2012 01:33 PM

try hanging old cd's the movement and light reflection tends to discourage them

KatHelms 02-17-2012 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Handyman4Hire (Post 852344)
When we took it down the wood pecker had pecked a hole about the size of a baseball in its head.

Hahah, that made my afternoon, thanks!

OffRoadAudio 02-18-2012 06:40 AM

Shoot them. It works.

KatHelms 02-20-2012 02:16 PM

Please don't kill them - besides being illegal in most areas, they eat a ton of bugs.

I had a friend who would laugh at how his dad used to put mousetraps on his siding, and he didn't understand why that turned my stomach.


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