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Woodpecker are birds that get their name from routinely pecking wood for food, shelter, and attracting mates. They exist on every continent besides Australia and New Zealand, as well as the extremely polar regions. There are three types of woodpeckers homeowners have trouble with in our area: the pileated, hairy, and downy. In some cases, however, the Northern Flicker woodpecker can also be an issue.
All four of these birds are infamous for drilling holes into homes around Northern Michigan. These birds pose as a problem for log cabins, cedar sided homes, and T-11 sided homes. Over time it can become extremely costly to constantly repair holes created by woodpeckers. The woodpecker’s skull is able to absorb shock and minimize the damage caused by constant pecking. Woodpeckers protected federally by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This means that they are illegal to maim or kill. Depending upon the situation, special permits can be granted by your local DNR office to control them, though in most cases prevention is the best method.
The most effective way to deter these birds from pecking on your home is to hang visual deterrents, such as mylar flash tape. An exterior home spray to get rid of the bird’s food source is a good suggestion toward preventing more from coming. Most woodpecker damage typically occurs from February to June. In the event of an issue, it is beneficial to set up a maintenance program to inspect the home on a regular basis.
At Hogarth’s, we specialize in woodpecker eradication. We will work with you on a program that best suits your needs. Give us a call today if woodpeckers are causing you grief!