I would be grateful for any and all advice & humor -- A woodpecker has moved
into our neighborhood -- The side of my home is pressure treated wood with a
20 year stain applied. After a woodpecker attacked a corner of my home I
was told "There must be bugs underneath". After removing the wood, spraying
for bugs on the outside and in the attic, and manually inspecting for bugs,
there is absolutely no damage except the three three inch holes the
woodpecker drilled into the siding. I think he hears some sort of
ultrasonic antenna noise from the old TV antenna or the Cable for the cable
TV -- other than that he is just nuts. Nine of my ten neighbors will take
me out to dinner if I shoot him because he has been ripping into their homes
The rich guy on the block is entertained an thinks we are all cuckoo
because he has steel siding.
Last week the woodpecker tore into my new pressure treated, bug
repellant sprayed, freshly stained corner trim. What are my options?
Going cuckoo in the midwest.
Down here in Florida we have columns formed by styrofoam. Two years ago we
were attached by a group of peckers drilling holes through all the columns.
Tried everything to no avail. Finally took brightly colored plastic bags,
cut them into strips and placed them near all the columns. The plastic,
flapping in the breeze seemed to chase them. Took a few weeks before they
got the idea and moved on.
That's what I do here in SW Fla. I have an all-cypress 2 story house and
use a couple of life-size rubberized owl decoys that I bought at my
local feed store. I use fishing line to hang them about 2 feet below the
eves of the house and place them at the 2 corners of the house near the
areas where where they tend to be attracted. They don't come near the
house as long as the owls are hanging.
The woodpecker's usually fill the hole with a nut from a nearby tree.
They'll come back later to 'eat the worms' that form in the nut. You don't
have bugs now, but you might later.
I tried the owl trick. But, the damn birds are smart and soon figure out
its not real. The ribbon idea probably works the best. Most birds are
frightened of anything they don't understand.... one neighbor used pie tins
and vegetable can lids to shine and flash in the wind.
"1_Patriotic_Guy" <camel firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
The woodpeckers like to "drum" on the siding to attract mates. Once they
find a house that makes a good sound, they are all over it. I have cedar
siding in front. Brick elsewhere. Was a terrific problem. No neighbors
with steel but everyone else has either brick or a harder wood.
I had a huge bradford pear that finally had to come down. Once it was
gone, so were the woodpeckers. See if you can find their nest.
Good luck! MinWax High Performance wood filler (2 part epoxy) works
really, really well.
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