On Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:34:42 -0700 (PDT), "Gramps' shop"
Define " sizable " in terms of biggest hole size and
in terms of the number of holes.
.. my first thought was to replace sections of siding -
but too many unknowns to even guess ..
Are you positive that it's woodpeckers doing all the damage ?
.. and not just occasional woodpecker activity -
with red squirrels doing the most damage ?
A 6 x 6 inch hole - it might be a very rare member of
Pterodactylus - beware - it's excavating a nest
for laying the single egg ..
.. or maybe it's a 6 x 6 inch area with a number of little
woodpecker holes .. dunno.
Your posts are always fun, though - thanks.
We had a woodpecker that cut into our attic through the wood slat vent
in the gable of the roof. My first impulse was to limit the birds
access to the total attic, so I put a cat cage over the hole he created.
Over the next couple days I realized the only way to prevent the bird
from want to access the attic was to convince him he did not want in
there. So I first put an old cookie sheet in the bottom of the cat
cage, thinking about it put enough motor oil on it to cover the cookie
sheet. and finally added some moth balls to the oil.
I worked and I forgot about the whole thing until we had the house
stained and the painter came to me with a very puzzled look on his face.
I don't remember if we sold the house with that contraption up there
or not, but we had no problems with woodpeckers
2017: The year we learn to play the great game of Euchre
Fifty years ago a friend of mine bought an old two room school house in
the Sierra foothils of CA.
I help in the renovation. Under eaves there was a row of woodpecker
holes and when we pulled
off the siding a cascade of acorns came falling down. The WP had
insulated the walls with acorns.
They are not too bright as they hope the acorns will attact bugs and
become infested with worms.
If they do this in a tree, the acorn stays in the hole and does
produce worms. They could not figure
out tha the ones they put in the building just went away.
make sure you cover it with paint because that foam usually breaks down
under uv light
now i wonder how woodpeckers sense the density of the wood
do they just peck randomly until they find a soft spot
if they do they might just find that foam spot and also find it
suitable for storage
On Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:12:58 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
They don't have to be concerned with wood density.
They can hear the grubs inside the decaying wood and peck towards the sound. Most grub infected wood is less dense than healthy growing wood. Grubs are less likely to be in healthy wood.
As to siding boards, I think most may be cedar or some other soft wood, besides being relatively thin and usually no match for a manly peckahead.
I have a cabin in the low Sierras of Calif. [2400 ft elev.] . Here
they peck holes in which to put acorns.
When bugs invade the nuts they come back for a meal. But basically they
are not too bright.
I helped restore an old 2 room school house, the upper row of siding
had a complete line of holes.
When we pulled off the lower boards, we were showered with acorns.
They just kept putting them in.
Hope springs eternal. It does work for dead trees.
seem to be smart enough or smart as is needed
they are fun to watch
always with purpose and very busy and like their calls
well the bugs will still find those acorns and the peckers may
not be able to benefit directly but it increases the bug population
and then in turn there will be more bugs to find the acorns the peckers
store in a more accessible spot
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