If any of the readers have ever suffered from the constant annoyance of woodpeckers in their home’s front or backyard, then you will know for sure that although woodpeckers may seem to be cute and funny in animation, they are not at all anything to laugh about in real life. Homeowners who have had to manage woodpecker damage to their home will be well aware of the actual destruction of which they are truly capable. It can be breathtaking to behold.
Since it is their mating season, woodpeckers typically pick out their homes and pecking areas in the months between February and June. In doing this, they are establishing their own territory. The annoying and seemingly constant pecking sounds are their means of getting to food. They typically pick out a place that is rich in wood boring types of insects. We certainly sympathize with those who are awakened in ungodly hours at night or in the early morning, but the real annoyance from the woodpeckers is definitely the horrific amounts of damage that they can affect on your home, if they are left unmolested. This can be both frustrating and very expensive to remedy. This article goes through the step by step directions for ridding yourself of these annoying, and potentially very costly, pests.
Materials and Items Necessary for the Project:
- Helium Filled Balloons
- A Plastic Owl
Background Information on Getting Rid of Woodpeckers
The good news is that this is actually a surprisingly easy task to accomplish. The quickest effective means of temporarily, but instantly, getting the woodpecker to stop his incessant and damaging pecking on your house, is to produce a very loud noise. This will certainly drive him off, but only for a brief period of time. Since the woodpecker has established his home territory, he will assuredly return. It is never a good idea to try to kill the pesky woodpecker, although you may want nothing more than to accomplish this very thing. The problem lies with the fact that a number of woodpecker species actually turn out to be threatened and protected by the U.S. government. You should never attempt to hurl things at them, to shoot them down, or to employ poisons or other pesticides against them.
The Plastic Owl Method
Make a trip on down to your area sporting good retailer. Buy a real life sized owl made form plastic. Assuming that they do not have any for sale, they will certainly be able to tell you where to acquire one. Because owls are the natural predators for woodpeckers, and woodpeckers are not really too smart, they will not be capable of differentiating between a real owl and the plastic imitation that you provide for their amusement.
Hang up this plastic owl in the locale which the pesky woodpecker has marked off as his own territory. This will scare the bird horribly. He will begin looking for a new territory as soon as he sees it, since he believes that his ensured survival is really more important than the present food source.
The Helium Balloon Method
Do not panic if no one in your town or city sell plastic models of owls. You can approximate one by purchasing a number of helium balloons. Look for those with metallic or silver colors, which will effectively reflect the light of the sun, making them far scarier looking. You might attach the balloons on to the bushes underneath the area where the woodpeckers are haunting. Be sure that the balloons have long enough strings to allow them to rise to the necessary area in order to properly work. Every few days, you will have to replace such balloons, over a two week long period, in order to make sure that the woodpecker does not get the better of your scheme and return to his old stomping grounds.