Deterring wood peckers

Thanks for the suggestions about my hardwood floors. I've put protection on my furniture and looking at products to keep them in good shape. I really appreciate the replies. I wanted to find that thread and reply but my FIOS has been off for a few days due to someone incompetent. My service was *accidentally* disconnected at the "main box" and I had to wait for a tech to come visit to find that out. Well, I got 90 days of free movie channels for my displeasure, so long as I remember to cancel it.
Anyway, in the last few days I've heard a woodpecker working away at my roof. What a racket they make and I can't even imagine the damage! Before the woodpecker I'd been looking into bird deterrents to keep away sparrows that nest in the soffet over the front door every spring and make a mess with their droppings, and was looking at owl decoys. I ordered one from Amazon that hoots and has a motion sensor and turns toward detected movement, but it came and the head was broken off. So back it went. I found a less expensive one that just has a bobble head but it's solar powered so that even if there isn't wind, it will still occasionally move its head. I put that on the front porch to hopefully keep away the sparrows.
Back to the woodpecker. Is there anything that can act as a deterrent to them? Also at Amazon i found streamers made from Mylar that has a holographic print and the movement in the wind and the reflected light is supposed to scare birds away. Anyone have any success with something like this? And where to place it?
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On 3/21/2011 7:35 PM, Cheryl wrote:

A steel chastity belt is good at keeping out wood peckers. ^_^
TDD
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On 3/22/2011 12:10 AM, The Daring Dufas wrote:

LOL! Much needed laugh. Amazing how the lack of a space changes the meaning. :)
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BB gun
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On 3/22/2011 9:28 AM, notbob wrote:

LOL! NOT, bob. ;))
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On 3/21/2011 8:35 PM, Cheryl wrote:

more info and choices than you probably want to wade through.
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On 3/22/2011 10:34 AM, Peter wrote:

Thanks. Got one to try to scare off sparrows before I knew I had a woodpecker problem. I might get another one for that side of the house. Thanks for the reply!
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On 3/22/2011 9:34 AM, Peter wrote:

I had a customer put up some big owl decoys to scare off the pigeons that were messing up the roof of his restaurant. I climbed up on the roof to check an AC unit and saw a pigeon screwing the decoy with a line of 20 pigeons waiting their turn. ^_^
TDD
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wrote:

had that problem on my t111 siding. yeah they can fuck things up. chased 'em away a few times and that seemed to work
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On 3/22/2011 6:55 PM, bpuharic wrote:

I think they mostly come once I've left for work. I heard one over the weekend and it was LOUD. I might not know if the bird flash or the owl decoy works until this weekend. I did a little more searching and found that a hawk decoy is more effective since they hunt during the day and the birds would know their shape better than an owl, who hunts at night.
One site is even selling balloons with the bird flash ribbon combination. What a killing they are probably making!
I haven't seen yet on the siding or the roof where it is pecking, but I have a good idea base on the sound I heard. I will look more for damage this weekend.
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I have heard that CD's, particularly country western and Mormon Tabernacle Choir music, will deter birds. Just hang on a string, and they are very reflective, twirling in the breeze. I believe I may try it this year in our fruit trees. There has to be a use for all those CDs I have accumulated, and I imagine it would cost about $5 for a truckload if you could find someone who has a bunch of junk ones.
They are also good for target practice unless you shoot the hole in the middle.
Steve
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wrote: Yes, I had the same problem. I made some metal streamers that turn in the wind and it worked. I bought some wire and shiny metal at Ace hardware and made my own. Use all metal and they will last longer than with string. About every 10 feet or so around the house will scare them away.
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On 3/29/2011 2:12 AM, J wrote:

The bird flash streamer stuff has been effective! But he moved to a spot without any, so I have to hang more. Turns out the little pecker isn't pounding at the siding, he's going after the metal gutter. What a racket it makes. I figure he's trying to attract a mate.
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