How to Keep Woodpeckers Away from your Home

How to Keep Woodpeckers Away from your Home

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Kathy Fritsch in Woodpecker Deterrents

You might be asking yourself, “Why would I want to keep woodpeckers away from my home?” Admittedly, they are unique birds. The drumming and pecking activity is like no other bird. They are unique in that on average, they can peck 20 times per second. That is hard to even fathom. This equates to 8,000 to 12,000 pecks per day. It is a wonder that they still have beaks after all the drumming.

Drumming is a big part of their lives. Woodpeckers do not have vocal songs like other birds. Other birds have songs that have different meanings. They might sing a distress cry to warn others about a nearby predator. They have a different song for attracting a mate. The same is true for the woodpecker, but they have different drumming sounds for establishing territories and attracting a mate. Both male and female are known to drum. They use the drumming to excavate bugs to eat and drum to communicate.

Their bodies are unique to their drumming. Their feet, for instance, are zygodactyl. This means they have toes going forward and backwards. This allows them to have an amazing grip so they can drum away.

Woodpecker Deterrents

Homeowners spend thousands of dollars each year on their property because of woodpeckers. They cause holes in the siding, ruin paint and can even ruin the nice redwood patio furniture in the backyard. Late winter is the perfect time to implement woodpecker deterrents because spring is the woodpecker’s busy season. It is always better to incorporate deterrent methods around the home before they arrive, rather than in between the excavations. Not only are woodpecker deterrents needed to save the structures, but they are needed to save your emotional wellbeing. The drumming can become incessant, and the noise can be a huge irritant, especially on a weekend morning when you would like to have your first cup of coffee in peace.

One such deterrent is the Woodpecker Deterrent Kit. The kit consists of visual deterrents that can be hung where the nuisance bird usually pecks. Visual deterrent use common scare triggers such as reflective surfaces and predator features to scare birds away. Visual deterrents are low cost, very affordable and can be implemented quickly. Included in the Woodpecker Deterrent Kit is one roll of Flash Tape, one Scare Balloon and brackets for hanging. Flash Tape is one of the easiest deterrents to install. The tape is 1-inch wide. It can be easily attached to branches, trees and under the eaves so it hangs down the side the home or structure. The tape is made from iridescent red and silver Mylar film. It not only creates a reflective visual disturbance for the woodpecker, but the sound of the tape when it moves in the breeze will also keep the birds flying on by. It makes a crackling sound in the breeze.

The scare balloon is made of reflective material as well, but it also uses predator features to scare away the woodpecker. The bright color of the balloon and the reflective surface will confuse and frighten the birds away as soon as it is hung up. The balloon is about the size of an average beach ball. It is made of a weather resistant vinyl plastic. It can be placed anywhere the flash tape can be placed.

Along with the visual deterrents, it is always a good idea to include a deterrent that is a barrier to the area where the woodpecker drums. Woodpecker netting is a good choice of physical barrier. The lightweight plastic mesh can be installed on the side of the home or structure and will block the woodpeckers from pecking.

There is also a product that can be painted on the home. It is an elastomeric acrylic finish that can be applied like standard latex paint. It is harmless to the woodpecker, but will stop them from pecking. The paint on deterrent has the same active ingredient that nail biting and thumb sucking deterrents have.

All woodpecker deterrents are safe and humane and will not harm the bird or domestic animals that may come in contact with them. If there is a concern with the products or installation, there are bird control specialists that can install the products or assist you in any way needed.