How to Stop Woodpecker Damage


Woodpeckers are one of the most interesting creatures to visit our homes and yards. When they begin to cause damage, however, their behavior becomes far less intriguing and more of a nuisance. This is when to employ humane, but effective, methods in keeping the woodpeckers away.

Things You'll Need

  • Mylar tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Windsock(s)
  • Bird netting
  • Hang some Mylar tape or aluminum foil strips in the areas in which the woodpeckers are causing damage. Make the strips long so that the blow in the breeze. Woodpeckers generally do not like shiny objects.

  • Hang one or more windsocks in the area. The effectiveness of these will, of course, depend on there being some wind, but they serve the same purpose as the aluminum foil while being much more attractive.

  • Put up a decorative windmill in your yard near the areas where woodpeckers are causing damage. Use reflective vanes on these windmills. You can do this by buying shiny aluminum sheets and attaching them to the vanes, or putting some of the Mylar tape on them. The motion of them revolving will scare away the woodpeckers.

  • Hang bird netting from the eaves of the structure that the birds are damaging, down to the ground. Keep the net 3 or 4 inches away from the wood so the woodpeckers can't reach it. Use small hooks on the eave to attach the netting, and then you can take it up and down easily, and as needed.

  • Consider buying one of the modern products that use things like predator sounds, distress calls and owl simulations that move. Woodpeckers can over time become used to the sight of an owl decoy, or effigy. These products are very effective and solve the problem of woodpeckers getting used to an effigy. Bird-X (see Resources) makes many of these products.

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