Every morning this week at about 5:30 or so, I have been woken up to the
joyful sounds of a woodpecker attacking my house. The best part is, he is
not pecking on any of the wood portions of the house, no, this woodpecker
prefers metal. He is pecking on the cap of the stove pipe sticking out of my
roof. which of course magnifies the sound all the way through my house down
to the basement and out the heater.
when I go outside, he sees me and flies away for a little while.
How do you get rid of woodpeckers?
Move. And, if you're lucky they won't follow you. ;-)
I've had some luck this year with mine by hanging suet blocks from the
trees. Some of them prefer to eat without all of the work but some
still just prefer to peck away.
Bring him a female. That's what he's advertising for.
It will end soon enough.
We have a flicker that hammers the stove pipe off and on for a while each spring.
Less so this year, as we have large amounts of standing dead trees (killed by
the emerald ash borer), which also make great hammering stations.
You could try putting strips of that bristly stuff that's used to prevent bird's
perching onto the stove pipe.
Pat K. ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
:) Every morning this week at about 5:30 or so, I have been woken up to the
:) joyful sounds of a woodpecker attacking my house. The best part is, he is
:) not pecking on any of the wood portions of the house, no, this woodpecker
:) prefers metal. He is pecking on the cap of the stove pipe sticking out of my
:) roof. which of course magnifies the sound all the way through my house down
:) to the basement and out the heater.
:) when I go outside, he sees me and flies away for a little while.
:) How do you get rid of woodpeckers?
Look where he is positioned on the pipe and place a small amount of
the commercial bird repellent, the type applied with a caulk gun,
about where his feet would touch. No more than the size of a pencil
mark would be needed. It can be messy
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
This sounds like a woodpecker coming home & looking for his lady.
This birder suggests a mirror to make him think another bird is
already in the neighborhood.
We had the same thing a couple years ago. A woodpecker would peck on
our metal chimney cap, then fly off and repeat his performance on the
metal chimney cap on a neighbor's house. He went around the whole
neighborhood doing the same thing. I think it's some mating ritual
thing. Just wait a week or two and he will stop, at least that's what
happened in our case.
Claim the territory as your own. Every time you hear him banging, step
outside and slap your hand hard several times on the siding,
preferably right below where he's hammering. (Not much fun at 5am, I
know). He'll get the message pretty quickly, a few days will do it.
(It's purely optional to shout, "I've got the biggest pecker in this
I had this problem for a couple of years. I would pull the attic
steps down, stagger up to the attic, and belt the metal chimney pipe
with a stick. All this at dawn, mind you. It seemed to work, or
maybe the stupid bird just got tired.
We had this problem one year in our old house too. It would peck on our
vinyl siding. At 5am we were banging on the wall. After a few days, we
heard it across the street on our neighbors' house. Damn thing. Good Luck.
I had one pecking at the styrofoam columns on my house. I took a plastic
shopping bag, cut it into 1 inch strips and tacked it to the columns. The
strips flapping in the breeze chased the peckers away.
I have a metal roof and experienced the same thing. Wasp and hornet spray is
hazardous to birds. Let 'em have a burst or two and they won't come back. I
don't know if it kills them or not. Maybe that's why they don't come back.
1. Go outside before dawn, in your underwear, and clap your hands or beat on
the wall. Woodpecker goes away in a few days.
2. Climb into attic before dawn, in your underwear, and beat on vent from
the inside. Woodpecker goes away in a few days.
3. Hang mirrors, strips of plastic, no-squirrel-goo, or other scarepeckers
on roof (underwear optional). Woodpecker goes away in a few days.
4. Do nothing (underwear as required). Woodpecker goes away in a few days.
I would like to add (in #4) that hanging useless AOL CDs where the
woodpecker does peck wood is also an option. Mirrors can be a pain to
work with and AOL CDs are free and plentiful. It's responsible
Not all woodpeckers peck wood to find a mate, but I hope this is what
the OP's woodpecker is doing because action # 4 is always optimal.
About once a year I go through the same thing, but my woodpeckers seem to like
the metal gutters on the house. The last time it was right above my bedroom
For the last 3 years, I get the ladder and spray some clear lacquer around the
area where I think he was banging away. Not heavy, just enough to stink
things up for him. The odor is enough to prevent him from coming back the
next and subsequent days.
I read this trick somewhere on the net and it has worked great for me. And,
no, you can't see any difference where you spray.
The fastest way to solve the problem is to run down to Wal-Mart and
pick up a 22 caliber rifle. Go out into your yard before daylight the
next morning and perch yourself where you can draw a bead on that pipe
up on the roof. When the varmint lands, slowly move the rifle into
position, aimed and braced against a tree and slowly squeeze off one
That should do it! Depending on the angle of your shot, you may need
to apply some of that roof patch goop if the 22 hits and penetrates
your roof. Try to remember how he likes to position himself for
pecking and get yourself into an angle for the shot that will go
through him and out into the sky without hitting your house.
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