PUBLISHED ON May 4th, 2010
Is a Pesky Woodpecker Rat-a-tat-tatting on your House and Driving you to D-d-d-distraction?
Join the club. Every spring, we receive calls from homeowners about woodpeckers that are treating their home like a drum-set.
What’s going on? It could be a couple of things. Stained houses that look like trees are more apt to be pecked by woodpeckers than painted houses, but painted houses are not immune from attack.
In the fall, beetles, moths and flies take up residence in wood siding to escape the cold. Come spring, they start moving around, catching the eye of woodpeckers. Some biologists believe young woodpeckers instinctively peck on wood, and if it feels hollow, instinct tells them insects are present — even if they’re not.
They also drum to signal this is their territory and to attract a mate. This drumming occurs in the spring and usually lasts for a few weeks.
Tips to Deter the Woodpecker:
If the woodpeckers are drumming on a part of your house that’s not wood — such as gutters or a slate roof — they’re just males marking their territory, using your house as a sounding board.