You need to realize that woodpeckers are not damaging your house or interrupting your sleeping because they have a personal vendetta against you personally. There’s a reason behind this assault on your senses, particularly early in the morning. In reality, there might be several factors. When you understand them, you will be more able to employ the proper solution.
Why Are Woodpeckers Seeking to Destroy My Home & My Sanity?
1. To Bring a Mate
2. To Establish a Territory
3. To Make a Cavity for a Nest
4. To Find Food
Since woodpeckers don’t have a song to sing which can capture the heart of a potential mate, they do what comes naturally-they become hammerheads! A woodpecker has a reinforced skull that also was outfitted with essential padding to cushion its brain. Pecking away at 20 times per second it is simple to see how they can give themselves a major migraine, if not a concussion, without such natural protection.
Their natural targets are trees, naturally, but any tall object will do. It doesn’t even need to be timber, as my metal chimney pipe may attest. Utility poles are another good drumming surface. This banging sound will echo and be noticed for very long distances. Whether there are potential mates around, this kind of communicating isn’t any neglect.
Woodpeckers do have forecasts that they use together with the drumming on surfaces. Those calls include, among others, ‘ ‘pit-pit’ or ‘chick-chick’, sometimes high- pitched, depending upon the conditions. It’s like he is saying “gang manner, here I come”! This strategy is quite effective as all the other birds scatter before it.
Another very important reason for woodpeckers to bang on surfaces is to establish their territory.
Each tree produces a distinct sound which will create a type of musical chart.
Woodpeckers are organic cavity nesters. The timber on your house is no different for this bird compared to a tree could be, therefore it’s a potential nesting spot. With all the urban development and reduction of natural habitat, woodpeckers choose what they can get so as to survive. Normally a tree that is dead ‘snag’ would serve this bird’s purpose very nicely. However, most people don’t like to have unsightly, and perhaps dangerous, dead trees around their property. You can see the problems arise, as always, when humans and animals are forced into the same habitat.
Food resources such as insects and their larvae reside in timber, even sometimes on your timber siding. If a woodpecker continues to peck at the exact same place, especially when it is not springtime, then you could get an infestation. These birds can sense the vibrations bugs as well as their babies set up in the timber. Equipped with barbed tongues around 4″ long, woodpeckers can reach into holes under bark and readily move onto their foods. Continual banging the same spot should possess you consulting the yellow pages to get a professional exterminator. At the very least the exterminator can ascertain if carpenter bees or some other insects are really present on your timber.
Alright, so now we know why these drummers do what they do, what can we do to stop them?
These are my recommendations for organic and non-toxic remedies to your woodpecker problem:
1. Depending upon where on your house the harm is happening, attempt a natural non-toxic spray repellent. These repellents flavor and smell bad into a woodpecker.
2. Again based on the job of the harm and how easily accessible it is for you, there are netting products which can be draped across the region in question.
3. Consider installing a woodpecker nesting box to offer a pit in which they can nest. Consult a bird identification guide to determine what size nesting box would be suitable. Where I live, you will find 3 different woodpeckers that come to my bird feeders year round: hairy, downy and red-bellied. This is: hairy =huge in comparison to downy, which can be yummy. The red-bellied woodpecker has black and white on its wings, and a red head and throat, with a touch of red on its belly, and it’s large. Each has distinct nest box needs.
4. This never fails for me. They now have no-melt suet, which is safe to be used in warmer weather. Magically my own woodpecker woes disappear when I supply them with suet. A jelly cleaner and/or mealworm feeder never hurts. Woodpeckers do have a sweet tooth and can taste sweetness. They frequently see my oriole nectar feeder and the hummer feeder which has a larger perching area.
5. Shiny objects that move with the wind unpredictably will help dissuade their efforts and encourage them to move on. Look for them online or in the regional hardware store. Those fake owls and hawks-save your cash–woodpeckers soon learn they are not real.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES KILL A WOODPECKER, NO MATTER HOW ANNOYING THEY ARE. ALL WOODPECKERS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW, and You’ll FACE STIFF FINES AND POSSIBLE JAIL TIME!
Insecticide use is among the largest risks to our woodpecker populations since they eliminate their natural food resources. The other problem is loss of trees to nest and forage for food. In my woods I’ve many poplar trees. All these are beloved from the largest woodpecker in North America-the Pileated Woodpecker. The guys arrive early in the spring and begin ‘calling’ for a mate. They do not have a tune, per se, but a very distinctive call. It is said that Woody Woodpecker of cartoon fame was loosely modeled after a pileated woodpecker. I simply believe that they are a really cool looking bird!