In isolated cases, woodpeckers are deemed as pests to some people. They become minor pests when the sound of their pecking is an annoyance. This can be especially true if the bird is using metal parts of buildings to sound out their territory. Woodpeckers are also considered pests if their hunting or nesting habits are destructive to objects or trees. Even if you consider a particular bird to be a pest, you have to remember: All woodpeckers are protected species! Since you are dealing with a protected species you have to rule out lethal methods such as shooting, trapping or poisoning.
Woodpeckers are difficult to control; a more
realistic goal is to simply discourage their activities in a given area.
Discouraging birds involves the use of either sound, taste, roosting or visual
tricks designed to scare, frighten or otherwise encourage the noisy or
destructive bird to seek out a more welcome territory.
The best results have been with electronically generated bird distress sounds and predator sounds, combined with visual scare products. If the woodpecker is just beginning to include your home or business in its territory, visual scare products could possibly stop the bird's activities. The use of at least two different types of visual scare products at the same time is suggested, due to the stubborn nature of these birds. Prowler Owls (not plastic owls!), Irri-Tape and Terror-Eyes are the most common items used. Many people prefer Terror-Eyes and Irri-Tape in combination.
Once a woodpecker has established its territory, it becomes even more difficult to upset the bird to the point where it will leave. It is in this scenario that calls for the use of professional sound deterrents. The Bird ExPeller Pro and Super Bird ExPeller Pro work best when used correctly and in combination of one or two visual scare products.
Woodpeckers are not easily scared away from established territories. Patience will be the key to control. If you have a particularly stubborn problem with this bird, feel free to call 800-434-4555 and ask for a pest consultant who can help with pest birds. We will be glad to help you find the best combination or methods for your problem. Each situation is different and often requires "tinkering" with electronic settings, speaker placement or correct use of visual scare products.
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