Anyone have any practical ideas for how to keep woodpeckers from destroying
a tree in my front yard? It's an acorn tree (dont laugh, I forget what
they're called), and I've noticed the holes for a couple years now and
suspected it was woodpeckers.. today I actually saw some.
Any advice appreciated.. thank you
Oaks. Where are you located? If it's horizontal rows of small holes,
that's Sapsuckers & they are Federally protected in some areas <g>. If
it's holes big enough to store acorns in, that's woodpeckers & they
probably are digging in dead wood and won't do much damage anyways. I
wouldn't worry about it either way, it's not that bad usually.
the woodpeckers are looking for bugs under the bark.. check with your
county agent to find out what you can spray on the tree to kill the bugs
so the woodpeckers will stay away......
i had them on a bush(which is now the size of a tree) about 10 yrs.
ago.. first time i had ever seen one in action... more dots on a line
all around the tree branches, very prcise formation of holes.... they
just quit coming???? dont know why we did not spray anyting, maybe the
bugs quit coming for the tree????
They peck the holes & drink the tree sap and also the holes attract bugs
which they also enjoy eating. I'd guess they don't do it till the tree
dies though normally, just for a while as long as it's giving them good
sap & bugs. I say it's best to just let them do their thing. If you
chase them off early the bugs could cause a problem. It is normal and
will balance itself out usually. Probably produces some interesting wood!
Put me on the "any advice appreciated" list also. They keep attacking my
house (cedar shake shingle siding over brick) and there are no bugs, this
house is sprayed around the foundation and on the siding 3 - 4 times a year
and has an oil based stain applied every 4 or 5 years and he just keeps
coming back. I've even caught him off guard and hosed him down with a
pressurized water can (fire fighters will know what that is) and it knocks
the little @%$# loop legged. Luckily I can repair the damage with plastic
wood and comb it to sort of match the grooved shingles. RM~
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