The Right Woodpecker Deterrent Can Prevent Costly Siding Damage

The Right Woodpecker Deterrent Can Prevent Costly Siding Damage

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Alex Kecskes in Woodpecker Deterrents

Wood siding is attractive on any home or building. Trouble is, wood siding also attracts birds--like the hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker and the acorn woodpecker. These bird pests can quickly riddle your siding with gaping holes. They like to drill into board-and batten or tongue-and-groove siding, especially at the seams. Woodpeckers will also drill into eaves, window frames and trim boards. While they prefer cedar and redwood siding, channeled plywood, pine, fir or cypress boards are also vulnerable. The attack usually starts with one or two birds, especially during the February through June breeding season. Without an effective woodpecker deterrent, woodpeckers will keep drilling, attracting other woodpeckers to join in.

How to Stop Woodpeckers from Damaging Wood Siding

Using lethal means to get rid of them like poisons or pellet guns is a bad idea, since woodpeckers are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Fortunately, the bird control experts at Bird-B-Gone offer a number of humane and effective woodpecker deterrents to protect your siding from damage.

BeakGuard Woodpecker Deterrent

Bird-B-Gone's BeakGuard Woodpecker Deterrent is an elastomeric acrylic finish that conveys a warning signal to woodpeckers, one that discourages them from attacking your siding. It protects latex-painted surfaces, wood, fiber-cement, stucco, aluminum or vinyl. And it won't harm woodpeckers. The durable BeakGuard finish resists dirt pick up and lasts through heavy weather. It creates a vapor permeable, flexible membrane that retains its color. BeakGuard goes on easily with a brush, roller, paint pad or ordinary sprayer. A single gallon covers approximately 180 square feet.

Woodpecker Deterrent Kit

Bird-B-Gone's Woodpecker Deterrent Kit has everything you need to create a pest bird distraction zone around your property. The kit includes a Bird Repeller Balloon and a 50-foot roll of Flash Tape. Cut into strips and hung, the Flash Tape Banners snap in the breeze and reflect sunlight to intimidate woodpeckers. Bird Repeller Balloons are emblazoned with a huge, intimidating predator eye. The balloons bob and weave in the breeze to convince woodpeckers that a giant predator is watching them, ready to pounce. To ensure woodpeckers don't get used to these threats, Flash Tape and Balloons should be moved around from time to time to keep woodpeckers on edge.

Aromatic Woodpecker Repellent Scents

Birds are irritated by methyl anthranilate, a food grade flavoring used in candy, buddle gum and perfumes. The grape smell irritates birds enough to drive them out of the area and woodpeckers are no exception. The good news is to people these aromatic bird repellents only smell like grapes, so there's no harm in using these repellents around the outside of your house. The effects of these repellents only irritate birds. Farmers have been using these humane repellents for years to protect their crops. 

Bird-B-Gone is the worlds largest manufacturer and distributor of woodpecker deterrent products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice, training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures.