That famous drumming of woodpeckers echoing through the woods may mix in with the other peaceful sounds of nature when you’re out for a hike. But that same sound heard near your property can be a source of headaches and distractions, as well as of worry if that means you have a woodpecker poking holes in you home or damaging ornamental trees.
There are many woodpecker species across North America, each making a distinctive sound when pecking with their strong skulls and necks into wood, looking for food or building their nests. Whatever the species, you want to act fast before they cause too much damage to your home, shed or trees.
Woodpeckers typically prefer dead or dying trees, but they will go for either hardwood or evergreens, and they might find the eaves, trim and siding of buildings just as attractive. Woodpecker behavior can vary somewhat from one species to another, but they generally dig holes either to build nests, store food or impress females during mating season.
For trees, these holes can let insects and other parasites inside, weakening the trees and ultimately killing them.
Once a woodpecker has found a reliable food source and feels safe from predators, it is likely to keep coming back to the same spot. The damage it causes could become a recurring thing after each winter.
AAAC Wildlife Removal can trap and remove any woodpeckers nesting in and around your home. Our specialists can do so humanely using the equipment and experience gained through years of wildlife management.
The important thing to do with woodpeckers is to make the area unattractive to them. Sources of insects like nests, weak trees or deadwood should be removed around your home. Any holes in and around your home should be covered, repaired and painted over as soon as possible to discourage woodpeckers from having to repeat all hard work. Predator effigies could also help in scaring them away.
Make sure to contact an AAAC Wildlife Removal specialist so that they can give you the best advice on how to keep woodpeckers away from your home.