Drumming noises? Holes in your wood siding? These sounds and damage may well be due to woodpeckers. Call Critter Control today for effective prevention of woodpecker damage.

Woodpecker IDENTIFICATION

Description

  • Distributed widely across the world, woodpeckers are known for their loud food-seeking behaviors.
  • The birds gain access to a variety of insects by drilling holes into trees.
  • Even though the birds possess remarkably small brains, they are able to accomplish astounding feats. However, they persistently and unknowingly pester building residents and owners.

Appearance

  • Red markings on heads
  • Long, sharply-pointed beak for sustained rapping on trees
  • May have black and white plumage
  • Pileated woodpecker is one of largest & most recognizable:
    • Grows to about 15 inches long
    • Can weigh up to 14 oz (comparable to size of crows)
    • Distinctive red crest markings
    • Mostly black bodies
    • Displays only a few white stripes
    • Traits distinguish the birds from other species

Habitat

  • Most North American regions are home to woodpecker populations.
  • Their favorite environments have plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food.
  • Woodpecker nest holes are generally just large enough for an adult to fit through.

Woodpecker Problems

Entry

  • Suburban areas and farmlands typically have enough trees and forested land in the general area to accommodate woodpecker populations.
  • Residents of wooden buildings are in particular danger of woodpecker attacks.
  • The nuisance birds are known to drill into structural wood for food as well as to build nests.
  • They drill wood as a social activity, as well.

Damage

  • Woodpeckers pose no physical threat to humans.
  • Property, on the other hand, is at great risk. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, eaves, and trim boards.
  • The size of holes will vary depending on whether the birds are looking for food or constructing nests.
  • Additionally, woodpecker activity leaves trees susceptible to pest insects, infection and disease, and even death.

Woodpecker Control

Control and Safety

  • Bird netting is frequently used to stop woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees and buildings.
  • Frightening devices also provide some protection.
  • Such methods involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potential drilling sites.
  • Exclusion can be difficult if the birds are well established in the area, at which point pest control professionals may be the only solution.

Trapping and Removal

When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control. Our technicians are trained in humane and thorough pest removal and are familiar with woodpecker behavior. Turning to our team of wildlife removal specialists ensures all the people and birds involved remain free of injury and disease.

We can help you get rid of woodpecker problems.  Call today: 734.333.7349.