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How to Stop Woodpeckers from Pecking Your House

Peck peck peck! That annoying sound again. They might even be damaging your house. But what can you do to stop woodpeckers from pecking at your house?

The first method to stop woodpeckers from pecking your house is prevention. If we can stop woodpeckers from congregating around your house in the first place, we will no longer need to stop them from pecking your house.

Woodpeckers love side beams that have been damaged by water or insects. They will use this type of damage to start their nests or eat the insects inside. Therefore the first thing to do is to repair this type of damage.

Repair wood damage and cover up any holes with a caulking gun. Consider applying a coat of polyurethane to wood sidings to discourage insects from eating into it. This will also stop woodpeckers from pecking into the wood to eat those insects.

Woodpeckers will always want to find the softest wood they can find to peck at. If they are pecking your house, it might be time to install a better exterior siding. This could mean stucco, metal or wooden slats over the original sidings of wood.

If woodpeckers are building their nests near your home, another humane option is to provide bird houses for the woodpeckers to live in.

You also have the option of bird deterrents. There are a few bird deterrent methods that you can use to stop woodpeckers from pecking your house. Some of these methods include bird netting, sound units and visual scare devices.

Bird netting can be installed around affected areas to prevent woodpeckers from building nest or gaining access to your home or garden. Bird netting is among the most effective bird control options with a near 100% bird exclusion success rate.

Sound units broadcast sounds woodpeckers do not want to hear. These devices include sonic sound deterrence, which is audible to humans and birds, or ultrasonic sound deterrence, which is only audible to birds. Sonic devices broadcast woodpecker distress sounds and the sounds of predators. Ultrasonic devices broadcast high-frequency pitches woodpeckers avoid.

Visual scare devices include scarecrows and scarecrow-like devices like fake coyotes. These are an option and can scare away woodpeckers, especially if care is taken to move them around frequently to prevent the birds from getting used to them. Woodpeckers also dislike shining objects. Some people have had success hanging CD's up in trees to dissuade woodpeckers from perching around houses or gardens.

No matter what method you choose to stop woodpeckers from pecking your house, it is important to be persistent. You will need to follow through on the method you choose and not give up after one or two days. It takes some time for woodpeckers to get used to these changes so you might have to wait a week or so before they stop trying to nest under your eaves or find food along your sidings.

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