How to Protect Your Home From Woodpeckers
Have you been finding holes around your home’s siding or your building’s wooden structures such as fencing, patio constructions or furniture? This can be due to woodpeckers, which are birds that drum holes in wood for food, shelter and foraging. Spring is the most active period as woodpeckers are both drumming and drilling. Woodpeckers have also been known to nest and drum inside gutters, chimneys and vents. This can be a nuisance for homeowners and property owners because of the holes damaging the property and the loud noise that occurs when the woodpeckers are in the process of drumming the holes. Preventing woodpeckers from targeting your home can prove difficult. This information can help you learn how to protect your home from woodpeckers.
Woodpecker damage can be difficult to control because these birds are highly territorial and will try to remain in their home range at all costs. This means if they have started to nest around your home or property, they can be difficult to remove and then to prevent.
According to Department of Energy & Environmental protection, in some cases, damage is limited to a few small holes and occurs during the few weeks of the spring breeding season. In other cases, damage can be substantial, occurring in both spring and fall, with numerous holes reaching up to 2-3 inches in diameter.
Homes experiencing the most damage may be unoccupied for long periods or owners fail to notice the damage and the seasonal pattern repeats, leading to greater and greater damage (source).
These damages can be costly to fix and you may find out as your receiving repairs that the damage was more extensive than you thought. If you start to hear tapping noises or drumming sounds around your home, you should immediately seek out wildlife control services for professional woodpecker removal and prevention. This will help protect your property, save you money and safely remove the birds from your property so they do not continue to return.
Woodpecker Prevention Techniques
If your property has a lot of wooden structures it may be a good idea to invest in some prevention tools as the spring season draws closer. Some helpful techniques like chimney caps will help prevent woodpeckers from burrowing in your chimney. Open uncapped chimneys are an invitation for animals to enter through a furnace exhaust. Tree branches overhanging the roofline give squirrels and raccoons easy access to the building. The majority of wildlife control dollars spent each year are a direct result of human decisions neglecting the preventative actions that would keep wildlife in the wild and dollars in the bank. You can also try adding netting around your property.
According to Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, one of the most effective methods of excluding woodpeckers from damaging wood siding beneath the eaves is to place lightweight plastic bird-type netting over the area. A mesh of 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) is generally recommended. At least 3 inches (7.6 cm) of space should be left between the netting and the damaged building so that birds cannot cause damage through the mesh. The netting can also be attached to the overhanging eaves and angled back to the siding below the damaged area and secured taut but not overly tight.
Be sure to secure the netting so that the birds have no way to get behind it. If installed properly, the netting is barely visible from a distance and will offer a long-term solution to the damage problem. If the birds move to another area of the dwelling, that too will need to be netted (Source). Lastly, you can try deterring the birds away by frightening them from your property with loud sounds and predator props or by using repellents to keep them away.
Wildlife Control Services | Woodpecker Removal And Prevention
We always strive to provide the customer and the wildlife with the safest and most effective management techniques at our disposal. We use ecologically sound and integrated control techniques in resolving human and animal conflicts. One area that Wildlife Control Services focuses on is Integrated Wildlife Management or IWM. IWM means looking at the whole picture in a given situation and combining several strategies for eliminating the problem. For more information about your woodpecker removal and prevention needs, call us today at 860-236-2683.