You need to realize that woodpeckers aren’t damaging your home or interrupting your sleeping since they have a personal vendetta against you personally. There’s a reason for this attack on your senses, particularly early in the morning. In fact, there could be several reasons. When you understand them, you will be more able to apply the proper solution.
Why Are Woodpeckers Seeking to Destroy My Home and/or My Sanity?
1. To Attract a Mate
2. To Set a Territory
3. To Earn a Cavity to get a Nest
4. To Find Food
Since woodpeckers don’t have a song to sing which will capture the heart of a prospective partner, they do what comes naturally-they become hammerheads! Pecking away at 20 times per second you can easily see how they can give themselves a significant migraine, if not a concussion, with no all-natural protection.
Their natural goals are trees, naturally, but any tall thing will do. It does not even need to be wood, as my metal chimney pipe may attest. Utility poles are just another great drumming surface. This banging noise will populate and be heard for long distances. Whether there are potential mates round, this form of communicating is no neglect.
Woodpeckers do have forecasts which they use along with the drumming on surfaces. Those calls consist of, amongst others, ‘ ‘pit-pit’ or ‘chick-chick’, sometimes high- pitched, depending upon the conditions. I’ve a red-bellied woodpecker which comes swooping in on the bird claws, while uttering its loud and high-pitched ‘chink-chink’ call. It’s like he is saying “gang manner, here I come”! This strategy is very successful as most of the other birds scatter before it.
One other very important reason for woodpeckers to bang on surfaces is to establish their land.
They fly from tree to tree; hammering on every one to make sure any could be interlopers understand they are not to cross certain lines. Each tree produces a distinct sound which will create a kind of musical graph. Woodpeckers revisit this graph daily, often many times a day especially in the spring when territories and mates are most important.
Woodpeckers are organic cavity nesters. The wood onto your residence is no different for this bird than a tree could be, so it’s a possible nesting spot. Considering all the urban growth and reduction of natural habitat, woodpeckers take what they can get in order to survive. Normally a tree that is dead ‘snag’ would function this bird’s purpose very well. However, most individuals do not want to have unsightly, and possibly dangerous, dead trees around their property. Well you can see the difficulties arise, as always, when people and animals are forced in precisely the same habitat.
Food resources such as insects and their larvae reside in timber, even sometimes in your wood siding. If a woodpecker continues to peck at the same place, particularly when it isn’t springtime, then you may get an infestation. These birds can sense the vibrations bugs as well as their infants put up in the timber. Equipped with barbed tongues around 4″ long, woodpeckers can reach into holes under bark and readily latch onto their foods. Continual banging in the same spot should have you consulting the yellow pages for a professional exterminator. At the very least the exterminator may determine if carpenter bees or several other insects are really present in your timber. In that case, you have the woodpecker to thank you for the alert!
Okay, so now we know why these drummers do what they do, what can we do to stop them?
These are my recommendations for natural and non-toxic remedies for your woodpecker issue:
1. Depending upon where on your home the harm is occurring, attempt a natural non-toxic spray repellent. These repellents flavor and smell bad into a woodpecker.
2. Again based on the position of the damage and how easily accessible it’s for you, there are netting products which may be draped across the region in question.
3. Consider installing a woodpecker nesting box to provide a cavity in which they may nest. Consult a bird identification manual to determine what size nesting box would be suitable. I utilize a particular pneumonic to help me remember which is that because, both the hairy and downy females have the identical black and white markings; the male downy woodpecker has a red patch on its head, while the male hairy woodpecker has one on the back of its head; but are different sizes. That is: hairy =enormous compared to downy, that can be yummy. The red-bellied woodpecker has black and white on its wings, and a reddish head and neck, with a hint of red on its belly, and it is large. Each has different nest box needs.
4. This fails for me personally. Add a suet feeder and keep it full year round. They now have no-melt suet, which is safe to be used in warmer weather. Magically my own woodpecker woes vanish when I supply them with suet. A jelly feeder and/or mealworm feeder never hurts either. Woodpeckers really have a sweet tooth and may taste sweetness. They frequently see my oriole nectar feeder along with the hummer feeder that has a larger perching area.
5. As a last resort you may hang shiny mylar strips near the area where woodpeckers are pecking. Shiny objects which move with the end unpredictably will help deter their efforts and encourage them to move on. Start looking for them on the internet or in the local hardware shop. Those fake owls and hawks-save your money–woodpeckers soon learn they are not real.
Insecticide usage is among the largest threats to our woodpecker populations because they remove their natural food resources. The other problem is loss of trees in which 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 males arrive early in the spring and begin ‘calling’ for a mate. They don’t have a tune, per se, but a very distinctive call. It’s said that Woody Woodpecker of animation fame was modeled after a pileated woodpecker. I simply think they are a really trendy looking bird!