As you have discovered, woodpeckers love cedar siding and trim!  Woodpeckers recuperating at our center can destroy the logs in their cages in no time at all.  We have a pileated in now that is working through a log (after trying my hand for a while)


This time of year the birds are looking for food.  You should check to make sure you don’t have an insect problem such as carpenter ants, bark beetles or such.  You can use exclusion techniques to prevent access to areas being damaged.  Hanging netting, plastic sheeting or screening from the eaves, suspended several inches can prevent access.  The material should stand at least 3 inches from wall. (I wouldn’t use netting, though because of the possibility of the bird becoming tangled in the net).  Keep plastic in place for two to three weeks, even after damaged siding or knotholes have been repaired.

You could also try scare tactics, though I’m not sure how well they work.  Birds are a lot smarter than most people think!  Strips of aluminum foil, pie pans etc.  Mylar party balloons, pinwheels with reflective surface or a small mirror suspended from a nail are some suggestions.


Drumming is primarily a problem in the spring as birds are announcing territory.  It can wake you up in a hurry!


Birds can be very persistent, so I wish you luck.


Carol Kershner

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

Overland, MO

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Drake
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:10 PM
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Subject: Woodpeckers are pecking away at the wood trim on my house


Dear fellow birding friends,


My wife and I recently painted the cedar trim of our Wildwood house. We thought we chose a paint that would not attract woodpeckers. Alas, they are back. I've heard from June who is the Audubon of MO contact that streming tinsel can ward off the woodpeckers. Is there any lasting solution you can reccomend? The woodpeckers are operating on the back of our home which faces a wooded common area. We plan to trim a few trees in the back to give the woodpeckers less camoflage for landing in the tree and then attacking our house.


Yours earnestly looking for your guidance!




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