Not the first year that this has happened, but this woodpecker comes and
makes big holes in the trim on the corners of my house.
A lot of historical posts suggest that the woodpecker knows that there are
insects beneath the wood, yet my inspection of the carnage suggests none.
Also, I don't know how the woodpecker would know there were insects under
there. Plus, why would he be looking for them up high (way close to the
roof) as opposed to near the ground where carpenter ants would likely be -
i'm not an insect expert, but at the same time, I don't see ants or anything
around the house and I've been here for 8+ years.
I don't like the idea of shooting the bastard, but this is damage that I
have to address. Sooner or later i'm going to have to risk my ass to get up
on a ladder and repair the damage. People suggest using shiny objects or
paint to deter them, although I'm skeptical that this is a fix that needs to
be repeated with some frequency.
Is shooting it the best option? Are these some endangered species? I'd
imagine they're not like mosquitos where as many as you whack, there's an
infinite supply waiting to take it's place...