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Old 05-23-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hi All,

For the last two mornings (and some time before), at 7AM a woodpecker has been pounding on the rake fascia board attached to the north facing side of my house. This is a windowless wall so I have not actually see him at work, but I noticed the damage last week when I was cleaning out the gutters. The board is about 16 ft long and appears to be about 10 years old and in average condition. I could not detect any rot or insect infestation, but the board has worked loose and could use a new coat of paint (unfortunately, like many other boards on the exterior of my house).

If I put in some new nails to tighten the board, fill in the woodpecker's work with epoxy, and repaint the board (or both boards on that side), will that be sufficient? Is there anything more I need to look for? I'd rather not replace this if I don't have to. Thanks in advance, Mike

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Old 05-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Generally, a fresh coat of paint or two will be enough to discourage the pecker , but not always.

I had a pecker peck away at my house even after two coats of paint. What I ended up doing was was covering the pecked area with aluminum flashing. i could here him when he came to do his dirty deed. Instead of a knock knock knock there was a metallic rap rap rap. After a couple of days he gave up.
I then removed the flashing and he has not come back.

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Or mount a fake owl?Just guessing but that might work.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:41 PM   #4
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If the hole is very large, you can fill it up with the "Great Stuff" expanding foam. Let it dry and cure to a hardened exterior surface crust. Then take a sanding block and finish it down to a smooth surface, just behind the outer edges of the fascia board.

At that point, you could apply a minor coating of the epoxy mix, or even a smooth troweling of Vullkem Caulk, which hardens good enough when it cures and then paint it.

Maybe let the little pecker get stuck in the fresh caulking. That will give his beak a lesson.

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Or mount a fake owl?Just guessing but that might work.
These do work. I met with a new client last week (New windows & an addition) who had the same problem, and used a fake owl. No more woodpecker....
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I believe you probably have a moisture problem and so there are bugs as a result and the woodpecker is after those bugs so if you correct the problem the wood pecker will have no reason to peck as that is the reason he is there in the first place
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Look for carpenter bee holes. That's a common reason for woodpeckers to attack trim. There will be small holes not much bigger than a pencil eraser. That's where the bees nest.
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Replace the whole piece of wood, and have all the fascia's covered with coil stock.
No more priming, painting, wood rot, wood peckers.
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+1

Coil stock is probably your best option but some guys are persistent.

Our guy still hits the coil stock from time to time. Sounds like someone is beating on a 55 gallon steel drum.

I don't think he's too smart.
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We had one that decided our chimney cap was a good place to tap away. I've heard they are calling a mate in. I call it annoying.

I do wonder though what the OP did since the post was starting in 2008...
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We had one that decided our chimney cap was a good place to tap away. I've heard they are calling a mate in. I call it annoying. I do wonder though what the OP did since the post was starting in 2008...
The darn woodpecker may have bored all the way through the house at this point!!
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The darn woodpecker may have bored all the way through the house at this point!!
Or maybe felt the point of a field pellet?

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