Fall brings a large uptick in all types of pests around the house, but none quite as damaging as the Woodpecker has been this season. These men cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the siding on homes, and they’re particularly fond of cedar siding.
Woodpeckers are a part of the Picidae family, and mostly reside in forests and woodlands. There are approximately 200 species worldwide, but in the US we have a major group which causes problems.
Downy Woodpecker – Located in all North America, this woodpecker is little. It’s white with black wings which have white spots on them and a red crown.
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker -Located in eastern North America, they have white, black, and red faces. Like the title suggests it also has yellow coloring beneath its wings and onto its belly.
Acorn Woodpecker – Located on the west coast and south central area of the USA and most of Mexico.
Now that we have went over the types you might have, let us talk about solutions. Woodpeckers drill holes since they’re searching for food. They enjoy soft wood the very best, to search for grubs and little insects, in addition to sap, which is why cedar siding is such a favorite of theirs. Woodpeckers have many natural predators, such as big cats and cats, but also birds of prey such as falcons and eagles.
There are a number of devices available on the market to frighten off woodpeckers, but the get combined results for one primary reason; they are smart. Scented or poor tasting repellants do not work much because you can not spray it on your home and that is where the birds need to go. Noise manufacturers make distress calls and predator sounds, but these are extremely loud and do not work well in residential areas. The best, and often cheapest solution, is metallic moving items. CD’s hung on string, metal tape, and glistening bird diverters all show promising results, but have to be transferred every 10 days to two weeks.
Whatever you choose to do, bear in mind that these birds are extremely smart and will get used to whichever deterrent you use after 2-4 weeks.