Woodpecker Deterrent and Control 

October 2, 2019

Remember being a kid and watching the Woody Woodpecker and Wiley E. Coyote cartoons on Saturday morning? Boy were they hilarious to a young kid who found their antics one step shy of the funniest thing ever! Now as adults, listening to a woodpecker tap away endlessly at your house is not a laughing matter. Read on to find out about the special considerations when it comes to woodpecker deterrents and controls. 

Let’s start with a little background about woodpeckers for those of you whose knowledge of the species starts and ends with the cartoons you used to watch. Did you know that there are over 200 different species of woodpeckers worldwide, and approximately 23 of those can be found in the United States? 

According to the Cornell School of Ornithology, “Woodpeckers are an integral part of our natural environment. With their striking coloration they are easy to spot and identify and therefore one of the better known backyard birds. But how do you remain on friendly terms with these avian neighbors when they move from knocking on your locust tree to knocking on your house?”


Woodpecker Problems 

Pecking, drumming, or drilling as it is called by ornithology experts may seem like a small and even ridiculous problem, it is actually quite prevalent throughout rural and wooded suburban areas. In fact, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology receives numerous phone calls and letters every year from harried homeowners looking for ways to keep woodpeckers from putting making holes in their home’s siding.

The most common damage caused by woodpeckers includes: wood buildings, wood siding, shingles, trim, and eaves are at particular risk. Physical damage to telephone poles and fences is also a common complaint as well. So what can homeowners do to stop this drilling that will result in a neatly created hole? 


Woodpecker Solutions

Unlike most species pest control companies deal with, woodpeckers are federally protected and cannot be trapped, harmed, or killed without a permit. Here at Pest-End, our Wildlife Specialists use high quality deterrent products to keep woodpeckers away from your home. We will also repair areas damaged by woodpeckers. If you’re experiencing woodpecker damage at your home, give Pest-End’s wildlife division a call to schedule a free inspection. 


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