My shop has become a target for woodpeckers and I'm fighting having them
burrowing holes in the siding. This isn't just a small inconvenience, it
is becoming a major damage issue. Has anybody found something (besides
shooting them -- not wanting to try that method to start) to get rid of
them. My folks found the following: <http://www.kabatape.com but it's
mighty spendy. I suppose I could try real electrical fencing to accomplish
the same thing by running the hot and a ground wire in close proximity.
Any experience or ideas would be welcome.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
If you patch, they seem to want to go back to the same spot to peck. I
had them go through a gable end of cedar siding. I stapled 1/8"
hardware cloth on the inside and plastered the holes with Rock Hard.
They almost broke their peckers trying to get through that. Also,
someone must have shot one with an air rifle, and the rest left. Tis
was in Washington State.
I had another that woke me up every morning pecking on the top of a
metal tennis court light in Arizona. A Harris Hawk showed up one day,
and the pecker was gone...
A friend used compact disks (CD's) hung on string or monofilament with
some success. Just blank ones that have not been labelled works fine.
Hang them from the drip edge of the roof. When the disks fell down,
the birds came back.
On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:13:45 -0700, Mark & Juanita
Now that I think about it, I was talking to a tree removal expert (urban
logger). He said that woodpeckers just love dead trees. He often leaves a
trunk and a couple branches jusr for the woodpeckers. He has even brought a
dead tree to another location and mounted it on a solid platform, just for
the birds. I don't know if they will leave your garage for a dead tree
though. But it is an interesting idea.
I had a problem with a flicker, and this worked:
not cheap, nor is anything that this company sells, and may not be any more
effective than the CD idea. They do sell a lot of other options, too. Here
in OR, it's illegal to shoot flickers or woodpeckers.
Best of luck,
Woodpeckers don't peck for no reason. They come back to places where tasty
bugs live. Have you sprayed the siding with insecticide?
Have you tried rubber toy snakes and/or owl decoys? Fake owls need a
movable head or even motorized wings. Stationary ones get ignored
eventually. Yellow glass eyes help. Farm supply stores often carry them.
Also - http://www.shopwiki.com/search/Owl+Decoy
Some places also sell hawk decoys.
They aren't necessarily *finding* bugs. They are searching for bugs as they
tap likely place which sound like there may be bugs there. (symantics) For
instance, My T1-11 siding is perforated everywhere there is a void in the
plywood. Not a flame, Axel. Just a note from my particular experience.
Why they keep returning to certain places is a mystery to me.
Not read as a flame.. no problem.
It might help if we knew what kind of woodpeckers are at work drilling on
Around here, we get everything from the huge Piliated woodpeckers to cute
In 50+ years in the hardwoods of the frozen North , I have never noticed
woodpeckers drilling deeply unless hungry.
Up here, they must eat a lot to stay warm and alive. Luring mates usually
has other forms of behaviour... nest making high up in trees, dances, or
shallow drumming on hollow limbs high up in trees... which resonate much
better than T-111 siding. Maybe Mark and Juanita don't have enough big
trees with dead limbs as an alternative for the local birds.
As for Gerald Ross, whose woodpeckers were banging on a tin roof... we do
get some birds doing odd things here too. Robins and Chickadees often fight
with their reflections in windows or even chrome vehicle bumpers... ducks
occasionally fly straight into picture windows too. But I always figure
those are exceptionally dumb individuals, or birds with bad eyesight.
In this case, they are pecking away for no reason. This is particle board
siding, there are no bugs inside or out. Some of this is the pecking to
attract a mate by making loud noises.
I'll have to look for an owl with moveable head, they certainly aren't
intimidated by the stationary one. I won't keep rubber snakes about --
we've got too many of the real ones and I don't want anyone to become
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
I'm willing to give it a try - but I'd bet that anyone with instrument
(for sound board) and/or speaker enclosure experience would be able to
do a lot better job.
Hmm - I haven't played with SketchUp for a week or so. Could be
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