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Woodpeckers are very colorful birds, however, the amount of damage they cause can put your checkbook in the red.

According to All about Birds woodpeckers drum for 4 reasons;

1. They love the sound and are usually trying to attract a mate. Once breeding has stopped so do the drumming in the trees.

2. They are building a roost hole or nesting cavity. This usually happens between March and May, so please try to rid the nest after the little ones are born and have left the area.

3. They are feeding off the insects in your siding. If the holes are small and irregular, you may have to rid the house of insects. Woodpeckers feed off carpenter bees, leafcutter bees, and grass bagworms.

4. They are storing food.

 

So how do you keep those pretty little birds away from your home?

1. First and foremost, get rid of their food source. Check for dead insects in the attic and windows. Check for bees’ nest in the rafters.

2. Close off the opening but be sure there are no birds inside the nest. You can putty up the hole.

3. Some people have used chimes, Mylar balloons and such as a deterrent, however, I wouldn’t suggest the balloons as they could cause other problems.

4. Hire an exterminator.

5. If you were thinking about using lethal methods, think again, according to Hunker, “Lethal methods must be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as woodpeckers are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so the homeowner must obtain a permit from his local Fish and Wildlife office before pursuing lethal methods.”

Woodpeckers can and do cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and may not be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy.  Please check your individual homeowner’s policy or speak with your insurance agent for clarification and coverage questions.

By using the above prevention methods and keeping up with proper maintenance to your home you may avoid costly damages.

Gotta Gal Home Watch does visual inspections looking for obvious issues during every home visit and can alert you to a problem before it becomes a disaster.