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Woodpecker Control & About Woodpeckers

Our professionals here at OMNIS Pest Control use the latest techniques and tools to safely and effectively remove woodpeckers from your property. We understand the importance of preserving the natural habitat of these birds, and we take the necessary steps to ensure they are relocated to a suitable environment.

Not only can woodpeckers cause structural damage, but their drumming can also be a nuisance to homeowners. We carefully assess the situation and offer customized solutions to fit each client’s specific needs.

About Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are a fascinating bird species in Colorado. There are seven different species of woodpeckers that are native to this region. Some of the most commonly spotted species are the downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, and the northern flicker.

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Woodpecker conservation efforts in Colorado are crucial to maintaining healthy populations of these birds. Habitat preservation, particularly the preservation of mature trees and deadwood, is essential for woodpeckers, as they rely on these resources for nesting and foraging. Additionally, efforts to control invasive species and reduce habitat fragmentation can benefit woodpeckers.

Woodpeckers have unique feeding habits that contribute to their conservation needs. They use their strong beaks to drum on trees, creating distinct sound patterns that serve as territorial signals and attract mates. They also peck on tree trunks to uncover insects and larvae, which form a significant part of their diet. Providing suitable foraging opportunities, such as dead trees and snags, is crucial for woodpecker conservation.

Behaviors and Habits of Woodpeckers

After discussing the common woodpecker species found in Colorado, it is important to delve into these birds’ fascinating behaviors and habits. Woodpecker nesting habits vary among species, but they all prefer excavating cavities in trees as their primary nesting sites. These cavities serve as a shelter and a place to raise their young. Woodpeckers are skilled at excavating these cavities. They use their strong beaks and powerful neck muscles to chip away at the wood. They often choose dead or decaying trees, as the softer wood makes it easier to create their nest cavities.

red bellied woodpecker on branch during snow storm

When it comes to feeding patterns, woodpeckers are known for their drumming behavior, which involves pecking on trees to search for food or establish territories. They use their beaks to drum on tree trunks and branches, creating a loud and distinctive sound. Woodpeckers have a varied diet, feeding on insects, larvae, ants, beetles, and other small invertebrates found within the wood. They are also known to consume tree sap and fruits.

Understanding Woodpecker Damage to Homes

Woodpecker damage to homes can be a significant issue for homeowners in Colorado. These birds can cause extensive damage to the exterior of houses, leading to costly repairs. As a homeowner, it is important to understand the signs of woodpecker activity and take preventive measures to protect your property.

Signs of Woodpecker Activity

  • Drumming: Woodpeckers drum on surfaces to communicate or establish territory. If you hear a repetitive tapping sound coming from your home’s exterior, it could be a sign of woodpecker activity.
  • Holes: Woodpeckers create holes in search of food or to build nests. These holes are typically round or rectangular and can be found on the siding, fascia boards, or wooden trim of your home.

Preventing Woodpecker Damage

  • Visual deterrents: Hanging shiny objects like aluminum foil strips or CDs near vulnerable areas can deter woodpeckers by creating reflections and loud noises.
  • Bird netting: Placing bird netting over the affected areas can physically prevent woodpeckers from accessing your home’s exterior.

Effective Woodpecker Bird Control Methods

To effectively control bird activity and prevent further damage to homes in Colorado, homeowners can implement various proven methods. One practical approach is the use of bird repellents. These repellents deter woodpeckers from landing and pecking on surfaces such as siding, roofs, and windows. Different types of bird repellents are available in the market, including visual repellents, audio repellents, and taste repellents.

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Visual repellents use reflective surfaces or predator decoys to create a visual deterrent for woodpeckers. These can include shiny reflective tape, scare-eye balloons, or owl decoys. On the other hand, audio repellents emit sounds that mimic natural predator calls or distress signals, which can discourage woodpeckers from approaching the area. These can be in the form of ultrasonic devices or motion-activated deterrents.
Another effective method of woodpecker bird control is the use of woodpecker deterrents. These deterrents physically prevent woodpeckers from accessing areas where they are causing damage. One common type of deterrent is the installation of bird netting or mesh to cover vulnerable areas. This prevents woodpeckers from accessing the surface and causing further damage.

Protecting Your Home From Woodpecker Damage

Implementing effective strategies to protect your home from woodpecker damage is essential for maintaining the integrity and appearance of your property. Woodpeckers can cause significant damage to the exterior of your home, including siding, trim, and even structural components. By taking proactive measures, you can prevent woodpecker damage and ensure your home’s long-term beauty and value.

Here are some key steps you can take to protect your home from woodpecker activity:

Downey Woodpecker in snow
  • Identify signs of woodpecker activity: Look for telltale signs such as holes in the siding, peck marks, or wood chips on the ground. These signs indicate that woodpeckers have been active in your area.
  • Look for signs of insect infestation: Woodpeckers are attracted to homes with insect problems as they feed on insects found within the wood. Addressing any insect issues can help deter woodpeckers from targeting your home.
  • Install bird deterrents: There are various bird deterrents available, such as bird netting, scare devices, and reflective tape. These can help deter woodpeckers from landing and pecking on your home.
  • Cover vulnerable areas: Protect vulnerable areas of your home, such as eaves, gables, and trim, with metal flashing or wire mesh. This physical barrier can prevent woodpeckers from accessing these areas.
  • Provide alternative food sources: Woodpeckers are attracted to suet and bird feeders. By providing these alternative food sources away from your home, you can redirect their attention and reduce the likelihood of damage.

Contact OMNIS Pest Control

With years of experience and specialized techniques, we guarantee the effective removal of problematic woodpeckers. Our friendly staff is dedicated to finding the best solution for your situation while maintaining a safe and humane approach to pest control. Don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation or to schedule an appointment today.

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