Return to the Home Disasters Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Help with Woodpeckers

Posted by scoutjr (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 24, 07 at 18:29

Woodpeckers have come back to peck new holes in my house this year. I had an owl last year and i don't really think it worked that well. We just had the holes repaired and the house painted. What else can we do? It seems hopeless.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Help with Woodpeckers

I think it is hopeless. I have had a couple peck holes but nothing major. I think they have discovered all the big trees on my property. I saw a couple pecking away at one of my trees and haven't seen them at my house recently.

RE: Help with Woodpeckers

do you have a bunch of carpenter bees around? they "drill" a hole into the wood and then lay their eggs in there. the WP hears the larvae squirming around and digs out trenches to get to them. we had them bad until we took care fo the carpenter bees.

RE: Help with Woodpeckers

I feel your pain. We had the same problem. It got so bad that I contacted the audobon society to ask what I could do. The first thing they told me was "it is illegal to kill a woodpecker" DARN!!!! We purchased something called bird-x. It is a recording of animal noises that keeps the woodpeckers away. It is loud, obnoxius, and expensive but it did the trick. As a matter of fact, the audabon society told me to tent my house. Yeah, right 3800 sq feet house and they want me to tent they told me to hang aluminum foil strips along the roof line and it would scare them. My neighbors would have loved that in my gated community! OY. I know that bird-x is expensive, but it really did work.

Also, someone told us to put poison inside the old holes with peanut butter....but we did not do that...but you may want to ;)
Good luck to you.

RE: Help with Woodpeckers

scoutjr, I can feel your pain! My DH & I just moved in to our newly built EFIS house 2 weeks ago and a woodpecker has punched 3 holes into my front columns. The local exterminator told me the pecker is doing it as a territorial sign because of the sound he makes while pecking.

We bought this stupid inflatable balloon thingy with dangly strings that flutter in the wind, suppose to scare him off, but he just roosted on the opposite side and pecked a huge hole there.

Thanks for the suggestion of the bird-x, we're going to look in to that!

RE: Help with Woodpeckers

Had the same problem, tried all the usual stuff , even bought one of the ultra sonic things, no help. Bought a cheap pellet gun, problem solved.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Home Disasters Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here