I've had good luck with tacking up several lengths of orange warning
barrier tape (like crime scene tape but bright orange). You take
several lengths a foot or two long and staple one end up high so the
other ends flap around in the wind. One bundle per house side seems to
Looks ugly, but it has worked for me. I live in the woods and have
cedar siding, and before I started doing this, I would have 4 or 5
holes a year to fix.
On Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:17:26 -0700 (PDT), "hr(bob) email@example.com"
Well, you could create a crime scene :-)
Round here the borg carries it in various colors, I guess for taping
off construction areas. I read somewhere that the color does matter
and that orange is most effective for woodpeckers.
As an aside, whenever I dig a trench for power or whatever, I bury a
length of the tape in the trench a ways above whatever I've buried to
act as an early warning to anyone digging in the area later.
How long does the Borg stuff last underground? It is rather thin. I know
gas companies do what you are talking about, but the tape I have seen
them use is quite thick, almost like landscape fabric.
I wonder how long galvanized swingset chain would last underground, as a
warning marker? Does anyone sell precast paver stones with warnings
molded into the top? Like 'gas line below' or 'septic below', with words
plus an arrow to indicate direction? Cast them with a slug of
plastic-coated iron in the middle to make them easy to find if the sod
eats them, like it is prone to do.
Great idea about the "warning" tape, I could have used it a few months
ago when Comcast couldn't bury their cable where I had marked on the
ground and dug a different route from the house to the pole.
Hopefully I won't be digging in the general area.
My sympathies. My wood faux chimney stack has half a dozen little
plywood patches screwed to the cheap crap OSB t1-11 siding, twelve feet
off the ground (so he could grab onto the Z-flashing for support, I
guess.) The siding feels like it is rotted when they do a test peck, so
they think it is a good place to make a home. The sheet metal on the
chimney cap right above makes it a short walk to do their macho mating call.
No fresh holes this year, though. This spring, I kept hearing one
pecking on the sheet metal while I was sitting here at the computer, so
I would run out and holler at it, and chase it from tree to tree, all
the way over to neighbor's yard. Did that 3-4 times before it finally
got the hint. Sumbitch probably pecked a home in neighbor's shed, but is
still close enough that other woodpeckers consider the territory taken.
Whole damn house needs resided, but they want an arm and left nut to
redo it in any sort of real wood vertical siding. (Like real T1-11- no
more OSB for me.) People keep telling me to just cut my losses and
cover it in vinyl, but then it would look just like every other ugly
house in the subdivision. And housing prices are so low around here
right now, even vinyl probably would be a money-loser at resale time.
But to answer your question- no way to stop them that I know of, other
than reside with Hardie or something. (Got an estimate for that, for
giggles. Came to about 1/5 of what I paid for the house. Uh, NO.)
I covered my chimney cap with auto undercoating spray junk/foam to
stop a woodpecker from sounding off. It has worked for more than 10
years now. Can't use it on my cedar shingle siding though because it
looks pretty crappy.
There are bugs under that wood. Woodpeckers are not otherwise
interested in pecking wood. If there is metal siding and they thing
there are bugs behind it, they will peck that, too. They are not all
that smart, but they know how to find bugs.
On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:47:03 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Downy woodpeckers will make a 1-1 1/2 inch hole and then nest behind
the siding. I have foam behind my siding and they love the nice comfy
nesting area. I've pulled amazing collections of dryer lint, grass,
paper, etc. out of the holes before patching them. And I've seen the
woodpeckers in them, so I know it's not mice or other vermin.
They also poke many small holes to jam with seeds, larger holes for
nests, and bang on things just for the noise, to announce territory.
Earlier this year, there was a jackhammer running outside... that turned
out to be a pair of woodpeckers banging on my brick chimney.
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