There are twenty-one species of woodpeckers in the U.S. Every last one of them is protected by the government because woodpeckers provide an essential service to the ecosystems of the country. They consume termites and other wood-boring pests by the score. Unfortunately, they can also create a lot of structural damage pecking and pulling their meals from your home. Here is how woodpecker pest control works so that these birds are left unharmed.
All about Prevention
Woodpecker pest control is all about prevention. The object is to find a way to deter them from pecking at your roof, siding, porch, etc. Barrier techniques include any device that will prevent the woodpeckers from landing. If a woodpecker cannot land and grasp with its talons, it cannot peck. These birds are not designed to peck while in flight; they have to land first. Your pest control expert would and should only use barriers that will deter woodpeckers from landing and will not harm them should the birds attempt to land anyway.
Another approach is sound. If you can scare a woodpecker off with sound, you can stop them from pecking as well. Usually, sounds of natural predators or ultrasonic sounds that only the woodpeckers can hear is enough. You should discuss at length what types of sounds and sound delivery systems to use with your woodpecker control specialist.
Additional Measures You Can Take
If woodpeckers are trying to bore holes in your home, there is a very good reason why. If you remove the food source they are attempting to get, the woodpeckers will not come back. Have a pest control expert check your home for wood-boring grubs, termites, etc., and then spray for these insects to eliminate them.
If the woodpeckers are taking up residence in your attic, wait until they have raised their young. Then seal off all entry and exit points so that they cannot return to the same location to nest next year. This may be a difficult waiting period, considering that some woodpeckers have up to four broods a year. Wildlife control specialists may be able to remove the birds sooner without endangering them, if you have such a department in your area.
Provide a Food Source Away from the House
Woodpeckers are primarily consumers of insects. However, you could provide a source of seed and water far away from the house to encourage them to leave the house alone. It is not fool-proof, but it is a starting point. You may still need assistance from a woodpecker pest control expert.
Talk to a company, like Decorative Foam and Stone, for more help.