Getting rid of woodpeckers is very difficult. However, armed with common sense, rude manners
and some flashy material, you can meet with some success in driving out these beautiful, but
Woodpeckers drill holes into your house for a
number of reasons. They may be attracting mates
with their drumming sound. They may be pecking
for food. They may be drilling out a hole for their
nest. Whatever reason, they can cause substantial
damage to your home.
Why is Woody Pecking?
Woodpeckers are looking for food when
they peck at your house. Woodpeckers
eat carpenter bees and carpenter ants.
Check your house for evidence of these
insects. This alone will not solve your
problem if your woodpecker has marked
his territory. However, the woodpecker is
less likely to return if his favorite meal is
You Can't Kill Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are a protected species so you can’t just kill them. Even if you could, how
many of us are going to “put a hit” on a woodpecker? Your goal is to move the bird to a
Get Rid of Woodpeckers
A woodpecker will create a territory for itself
once it has selected your house as a pecking site.
Woodpeckers will habitually return to the same
area so it is important to remove them from the
area before they become comfortable.
Get Rid of Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers love suet. Purchase an
inexpensive suet feeder at a local store
and place it tantalizingly close to where
your woodpecker is drilling. Each day,
slowly move the feeder to a bit farther
away until the woodpecker is out of range
and forgotten about it's territory on your
house. This should take 10-14 days.
Be a Bad Host
Squirting water from a garden hose will
certainly make your house an unwelcome
place for woodpeckers. When you hear
the peckpeck-pecking, start
Cover Their Hole
Coat the existing hole and the surrounding area
with a sticky substance. Woodpeckers do not like
a tacky feel on their feet. There are inexpensive
products available online that produce the
Shiny and flashy objects may scare
your woodpecker -- the shinier the
better. Bright, shiny things will reflect
sunlight and give the woodpecker the
sense of danger in its territory.
Movable objects accomplish the same
thing. Think of tin foil, crepe paper,
Block Off the Area
Netting products can be used to
cordon off the area where your
woodpecker is making damage.
Although it’s not attractive or easiest
solution, netting will be effective in
depriving the woodpecker from it’s
preferred drilling site.
Trapping a Woodpecker
Professional trappers are trained to catch
woodpeckers (remember, they are a protected
species). Most bird trappers will give you an
up-front cost to trap the woodpecker and
remove it from your area.
Sites and Blogs about Woodpeckers
You Can Get Rid of Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are beautiful and fascinating creatures who can unfortunately cause an great amount of damage
to your home. You should get rid of woodpeckers immediately. Covering their hole and scaring woodpeckers are
effective tactics. You can lure woodpeckers away from your home with suet feeders or you can block off their
feeding area with netting. Good luck in your war against Woody!
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