Woodpecker Control

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There are nearly 200 species of woodpeckers, all part of the Picidae bird family. The pests are widely known for perching close to tree trunks and using their bills to peck away at the wood. This pecking is done for a number of reasons, including foraging for food, building nests, and calling for mates. Their loud, rhythmic striking is a familiar sound to anyone who has spent time in proximity to wooded areas.

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Woodpeckers typically have straight, chisel-like bills for making holes, reinforced skulls to sustain the force of repeated pecking, short legs and strong feet for climbing, and stiff tail feathers for extra leverage. The birds’ nostrils are covered with stiff feathers, as well, to prevent inhalation of wood dust. Finally, woodpeckers have two clawed toes pointing in each direction to help them grasp the sides of trees and balance while they hammer.

DIET

These pests’ primary food source is insects, especially larvae. Woodpeckers peck at tree trunks to explore the wood in search of insects to eat. The birds also consume nuts, fruit, and tree sap.

HABITAT

Due to their propensity for pecking at trees, it’s not surprising that woodpeckers prefer to live in heavily wooded areas. Being cavity nesters makes a forested environment all the more attractive. Males and females work together to excavate tree holes for nesting, opening up pear-shaped chambers and lining them with wood chips.

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ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Woodpeckers don’t just peck to find food and build nests, they also do it to make noise to find mates and declare their territory. This behavior is called drumming, and houses are sometimes the instruments of choice. The birds are attracted to all kinds of home siding, fascia boards, trim pieces, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, and vents.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Drumming behavior is annoying and causes damage to the material used. Holes and dents, some as large as an inch across, will be clustered in the pecking zone. Woodpeckers often destroy wood siding on homes while searching for the larvae of the large black carpenter bees that drill holes in the spring. These birds can also make nesting holes in the sides of houses. This is especially true if the house is made of dark wood or has dark stain, has natural wood or shake shingles, or is near heavily wooded areas. Woodpeckers also target barns and other wooden outbuildings.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

The key to successful woodpecker prevention is to act as soon as problem behavior starts and to keep up the remedy until the birds relocate. Anything less and the behavior will become habit, which is much harder to control.

To keep woodpeckers from pecking or drumming, homeowners can attempt to cover surfaces with mesh, metal, or cloth. The pests might also be redirected if a wooden box is placed in a more desirable location nearby. Individuals can also try visual repellents such as hanging pinwheels, mirrors, balloons, or long strips of foil near problem sites. A variety of noisemaking options exist, including aluminum pie plates, metal can lids, loud radios, or recorded calls of birds of prey.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

As migratory, nongame birds, woodpeckers are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Two species, the red-cockaded woodpecker and the ivory-billed woodpecker, are even on the endangered list. State and federal permits are typically required for any trapping activity. Homeowners’ best option is to contact a professional wildlife removal service. Choose the licensed and experienced team at Trutech to reliably rid your property of woodpeckers that have become pests.


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