If you are having problems with woodpeckers in your yard, then you want to do what you can to get rid of them. Otherwise, they will continue to peck away at your trees which can ultimately cause damage to the trees. Also, woodpeckers are known for setting their sights on other things besides trees and this means they can also cause damage to things like your house, wooden fencing, decking and even to the chimney. This article will give you some advice on different tactics that you can try in order to keep the woodpeckers off of your property:
Trim or remove trees
One of the things that you can do to try to deter the woodpeckers is to remove large trees they are drawn to that you wouldn't mind having removed from your property anyways. Or, you can trim the trees where they spend the most time which will hopefully cause them to feel more exposed so they move on to another location away from your property.
Repair and conceal holes caused by them
If they have caused holes in your house, fence or something else, then you can use wood putty to cover the holes and then paint over the putty when it is dry to completely hide the holes. Not only will you feel better about the holes being gone, but it can also stop insects from invading the holes and it can hide the fact that the area has been proven a good spot to drill, causing the woodpecker to look for a new place.
Feed the woodpeckers where you would rather them be
If you make it easier for the woodpecker to feed, then you can actually send them where you want them. You can take a large stump of wood, move it to a location further from the house and fencing. You can spread jelly on the stump, which they will love and also provide mealworms as a tasty and easy meal for them.
Scare the woodpeckers away
You can also scare them away. You may need to do this several times before they finally take the hint. Sometimes the sound of loud windchimes near their favorite places can work. Or, you can record bird alarm calls and play them throughout the day out of a radio near their favorite spots. If you spend a lot of time outside and are patient, you can even spray them away as you see them with a garden hose.
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