Woodpeckers are beautiful birds, but they can be rather annoying when they peck on your home. The constant tap-tap-tap is enough to wake you up and drive you bonkers. Woodpeckers can peck as much as 20 times per second and peck a total of as much as 12,000 times in one day.
Woodpeckers have an average lifespan of 4-12 years but can live as long as 30 years, which means a lot of damage can be done to your home and to your sanity. Here's what you need to know if a woodpecker has become your alarm clock:
Woodpeckers are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The most important thing for you to know is that all species of woodpeckers are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was established to end the commercial trade of feathers and to protect birds of many species. Therefore, you can risk being fined if you intentionally injure or kill a woodpecker. Because of this, you'll need to take measures to deter woodpeckers from drumming, tapping, and drilling on your home instead of attempting to capture or kill them.
Woodpeckers tap, drum, and drill for various reasons
Woodpeckers peck at varying speeds and depths for different reasons. Tapping is the slowest and least intense rate and is typically associated with feeding as they tap to cause insects to scurry about so the woodpecker can capture them for a nice meal. Drumming is a faster rate than tapping and helps them to establish their breeding territory and is a way to attract other woodpeckers. Drilling is a more intense attack of the wood or structure and is done to create a hole for nesting.
Protect your home with humane deterrents and efforts
Woodpeckers eat bugs, fruit, nuts, sap, and seeds. Since a woodpecker is pecking at your home, it's a good idea to have your home inspected to see if there is a bug infestation, such as carpenter ants or carpenter bees, under the siding and eaves or in the insulation. If you do have an insect problem, you'll need to call a pest control service. Alternatively or additionally, install a suet feeder away from your home but close to the woodpecker's favorite spot and give them an alternative location for drumming and nesting.
Another option is to install woodpecker-proof trimming and molding. You can also spray a protective coating on problematic areas of your home's exterior. Of course, the damaged materials will need to be removed first before the protective coating can be sprayed. Speak with a woodpecker pest control service for more information.
Contact a company like Decorative Foam and Stone for more information and assistance.