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There are 22 species of woodpeckers in North America. They range in size and color. The most common species of woodpecker in the United States is the Downey Woodpecker; other common species include the Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and the Northern Flicker.



Woodpeckers generally prefer wooded areas, though they can also be found in grassland and desert climates. 



Woodpeckers live on a diet of insects, fruit, acorns, and nuts.

woodpecker control 


How to Deter Woodpeckers

There are more than a few factors that attract woodpeckers to a structure. Woodpeckers peck to attract mates, establish territory, find food, and excavate nesting cavities.


Habitat modification

♦  Block woodpeckers from getting at your siding with Bird Netting. Bird Netting is used as a physical barrier to block access and can be installed temporarily.
♦  Remove dead or dying trees from your property. These make for excellent woodpecker nests and give them a starting point for attacking your house.
♦  If woodpeckers are attempting to create a nest in your siding, adding a woodpecker nesting box may give them an alternative to drilling a hole in your home.


Remove any food source

♦  By making sure your home is free of insects such as termites you lessen the chances the woodpecker will choose your home as a food source.


Scare Tactics

♦  Visual deterrents such as balloons, diverters or shiny reflective objects can be hung in front of areas where pecking has occurred to scare the birds from returning. 
♦  Sound deterrents alert woodpeckers of nearby danger by broadcasting predator calls and woodpecker distress calls which will make them want to flee the area.


Humane Removal / Professional Installer

♦  If you don’t have the time, resources or expertise to solve your bird problem, there are wildlife and pest control companies that offer bird control as a service.
♦  These professionals can install bird control products and offer other services such as clean-up and humane trap and removal. 


If you would like advice on choosing the correct product for your pest bird problem, or would like an authorized installer in your area, please call us at (877) 820-8205 or email us.


Recommended Deterrents:

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  1. Woodpecker Deterrent Kit


    Bird G Gone Woodpecker Deterrent Kit contains visual deterrents used to deter woodpeckers from homes and structures.  

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    Avian Fog Force™ TR Bird Repellent is an EPA registered, non-lethal time-release aerosol bird repellent that is effective against all types of nuisance birds and is suitable for use around humans and pets.  Read More

  3. Bird Scare Attack Spider


    The Bird Scare Attack Spider is ideal to keep woodpeckers and other pest birds from attacking the sides of your home or business.  It is battery operated (not included) and drops down an 18” string while makin Read More

  4. BeakGuard Woodpecker Deterrent- 1 Gal


    BeakGuard is an elastomeric acrylic finish that  immediately communicates a warning signal to woodpeckers, prompting them to find a more desirable location.  

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  5. Woodpecker Netting (3/4" mesh) - 14' x 100'


    Woodpecker Netting is installed to prevent woodpeckers from pecking at the side of a building.  It comes in a 14' x 100' piece of 3/4" mesh bird netting.

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  6. Bird B Gone Holographic Flash Tape


    If you are looking to scare birds away from your garden or trees, Bird B Gone Holographic Flash Tape is the simplest and most cost-effective bird deterrent you can buy!   Read More

  7. Reflective Eye Bird Diverter (5pk)


    Bird B Gone Reflective Eye Bird Diverters are visual bird deterrents used to scare pest birds away from trees, patios, gardens, house eaves, gazebos, fruit trees, overhangs, boats, an Read More

  8. Bird B Gone Balloon Bird Deterrent


    The Bird B Gone Scare Balloon is a visual scare device. When birds see the bright colors, predator eyes, and reflective surface they will be confused, frightened, and want to avoid th Read More

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