There are over 200 different species of woodpeckers worldwide, and approximately 23 of those can be found in the United States. Installing the right woodpecker control products can prevent major property damage. Woodpeckers (order Piciformes and family Picidae) peck holes in trees and buildings to excavate nesting holes, find or store food, and to attract mates. Once the pecking starts, you’ve got to act fast and choose the right bird deterrents and repellents to get rid of pest woodpeckers
Woodpecker control can be tricky because this species is protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as under state law in many areas. Whether you are a bird control professional or a homeowner grappling with a woodpecker problem, Bird Barrier is here to help. We offer a variety of effective, humane woodpecker repellents and deterrents that will help you get rid of woodpeckers that are causing property damage.
With the right woodpecker deterrent products and techniques, professional installers and property owners can prevent further damage by getting rid of woodpeckers. At Bird Barrier, we’re here to help you find the right approach to the specific woodpecker problems at a site. For most situations, the most effective woodpecker repellent solutions include:
A multi-sensory bird deterrent that is installed on vertical surfaces to deter woodpeckers from the building. Install one dish above and one below any woodpecker hole found on a structure. Pest birds typically leave immediately and rarely return after Optical Gel applications.
Optical Gel repels birds safely by offending their senses of smell, touch, and sight. The product smells like peppermint, which birds hate. It repels them visually by putting off ultraviolet light that appears to birds as flame or smoke (even though we humans cannot see it). If the woodpecker gets close enough to touch Optical Gel it will be repelled by the stickiness (woodpeckers don’t like their feet touching sticky substances).
Placing dishes of Optical Gel above and below a woodpecker hole will deter even the most determined bird from causing additional damage. Using Optical Gel at every woodpecker hole on a structure, can get rid of the birds completely. Once the woodpeckers are gone, make sure to fill and paint over the holes.
Frighten off pest woodpeckers with flashing lights, moving objects, and shapes that resemble natural dangers. To effectively deter woodpeckers, scaring devices should be hung as close as possible to the spot where drilling is taking place.
Loud noises frighten woodpeckers away and if used correctly and consistently, may get rid of pest birds completely. Audio deterrents emit loud noises, distress signals, or predator calls that signal danger to woodpeckers.
Woodpeckers that have established a site as their home territory will be much harder to scare off. Visual and audio frightening devices must be installed as soon as a woodpecker problem begins in order to be effective. If the woodpecker is territorial and persists in returning despite the audio or visual scare device, another control method, such as bird netting will need to be installed to effectively remove the pest bird from the site.
Bird Netting is the most effective woodpecker deterrent. Total exclusion controls pest woodpeckers! The most effective woodpecker control product for keeping the birds out of buildings, barns, sheds, and other enclosed spaces is StealthNet® Bird Netting. Install ¾” StealthNet to create an impenetrable barrier that will keep woodpeckers away from a structure. Leave the bird netting in place long enough to permanently modify the pest woodpecker’s behavior.
StealthNet is one of the best woodpecker deterrents available for protecting wood siding (even underneath the eaves of a home–a common spot for woodpecker damage). Bird netting is a nearly invisible and totally humane solution for woodpecker problems.
If you have tried other methods of woodpecker deterrents and continue to see damage from returning birds, StealthNet is the ultimate solution. Installing bird netting from roof edge to the ground is the most effective way to prevent woodpeckers from making contact with a structure. If a property owner does not wish to install StealthNet across the entire structure, we recommend the use of Optical Gel.
If you need expert guidance when choosing woodpecker pest control products, Bird Barrier’s expert staff is here to help. Give us a call or send us an email to learn more about our woodpecker repellents and deterrents or get a referral for a bird control professional in your local area. We’ll provide customized support on how to plan, order, and install any bird control system we offer.
Audio and visual scarers deter woodpeckers from damaging a site by signaling danger. This type of woodpecker deterrent is most effective if installed immediately after woodpeckers start drumming. Here are descriptions of these bird control devices and how they can be used to scare off woodpeckers:
Woodpeckers typically drum for one of the following reasons:
Most woodpecker problems happen during woodpecker breeding season, which happens in early spring. Sometime in the months between February through June (depending on your local climate) woodpeckers will begin drilling nesting and roosting cavities. Most of the damage you’ll see during the springtime mating season will be caused by only one or two woodpeckers.