What To Do About Noisy Woodpeckers Hammering on Your Home
"Woodpeckers are banging on my house. How do I make them stop?"
The good news is, they are probably not eating termites in your attic. If they are, you have a far bigger problem than a pesky woodpecker!
Male woodpeckers "drum" or hammer on a log between late winter and early summer to attract a mate. Drumming also tells other birds to stay off his turf. Woodpeckers believe that louder is better. Usually a hollow tree limb works fine for making a nice loud sound. A metal gutter or the siding on your house works even better! You can try to keep them away by chasing them whenever they start drumming. You can also use a covering of some sort to keep the woodpecker from reaching his favorite spot. Maybe you can find a way to dampen the noise created by the drumming. Hanging a plastic owl nearby will not scare away the woodpecker -- it only makes them laugh. On a TV show, Tim "the tool man" Taylor tried a loud air-horn to solve the problem. That didn't work either. The best solution is to wait a week or two and the woodpecker will probably stop on its own.
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