Salem, Oregon

Stop Woodpeckers from Pounding on Your House

Are woodpeckers drumming at your downspouts or rat-tat-tatting on your home? They may be trying to attract a mate or
proclaim their territory. When woodpeckers are courting, it's common for them to show their availability through special flight
displays, calling or drumming. Typically this happens in late winter through late spring. They may be searching for food - insects.
Woodpeckers love insects, and they could be pecking away at the wood because they think insects are present. They may be
trying to build a nest, although this is not common. Some woodpeckers can hammer nesting holes through siding and insulation.
Whatever the reason, chances are you want to stop them. There are two main ways to do this - scare away the woodpecker or
keep him from accessing the area.
Scaring Woodpeckers
• Throw a little "cold water" on the woodpecker by spraying him with water from a garden hose.
• Suspend light pie plates and metal can lids from a string and jerk the line whenever the bird appears.
• Hang bright mylar strips from the area.
• Hang pinwheels with reflective vanes to the area, and be sure they rotate.
• Place silhouettes of snakes, owls and hawks near the area so they blow in the breeze. To be most effective, play recorded
calls of birds of prey.
Excluding Woodpeckers
• Cover the area with plastic or nylon netting or install a screen over the area to keep the woodpecker out.
• Create an alternative tapping surface such as a wooden box or metal cylinder in a location where the tapping will not annoy
you.
• Place a woodpecker nest box over the area. If the bird is trying to create a nesting location, he may stop and use the box.

 

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