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Woodpeckers are great to watch at work but that’s only when they choose not to work outside of your home. Few birds can damage your home or the trees around it quite like woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are not just carpenters out to destroy a tree; they are there looking for possible food in older or decaying trees and that comes in the form of the insects that may live there. The bad news for people especially in areas with few trees is that when a woodpecker does not have a food source they will make a home or look for that meal in a house. That can mean some damage to the exterior of a home that can be costly, and can you can end up with an unsightly spot that can in extreme cases lower the value of your property. The good news is that there are ways to get the woodpeckers to leave the area in a humane manner.
You will know a woodpecker when you see them. They are beautiful birds that people love to watch. Many have a red head and a beak that is more like a chisel than a beak and that beak is for more than just for looks. You will also be able to recognize them because of the constant drumming that you will hear outside of your house. The woodpecker will peck at a tree and not just as a way to kill time. The pecking serves three purposes; the first one has already been discussed, which is looking for food. The second reason for pecking is to attract a mate. The mate attraction is the reason why you hear them more often in the spring. The third and final reason is to build a nest. You will notice that the woodpecker prefers to live in old trees and sometimes the side of your home.
If you find that a woodpecker is making a home in your house or out buildings or even a tree next to it, you’ll have options. You can do a few things to discourage the bird and make it move to a different location. The first thing you can do is cover a hole that has been made on a tree or your home with something metallic. You can even use tin foil, just remember to bunch it up and place it inside. The bird will not be able to peck at metal and will therefore move to a different location. You can also get something that will reflect sunlight like a mirror or even blank CDs. A woodpecker will confuse those things with predators and will move away from the area. You can also spray them with water, that may sound cruel, but it does no damage to the bird. We never encourage harming wildlife; water does not hurt the woodpecker, but it will scare it away.
The best thing that you can do to prevent the woodpecker from making a home in your property is to take away the possibility of a food source. If you have bugs in your trees or your home you want to treat those problems before a woodpecker chooses to treat the problem for you. The reason a woodpecker will choose to make a home in your property is because it may provide it the things it mostly need which are food and shelter. Take those things away and you take the woodpecker away with them. Not all solutions are guaranteed to work against every woodpecker, but they have proven effective in most cases. You will hear other solutions from others that were not included because they were not as effective. But you should try them if the problem persists.
More in-detail how-to woodpecker removal articles:
Information about woodpecker trapping
- analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a woodpecker
- with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep woodpeckers away
- prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a woodpecker
- remove one stuck in the house.
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