Distributed widely across the world, woodpeckers are known for their loud food-seeking behaviors. By drilling holes into trees, the birds gain access to a variety of insects. Even though the birds possess remarkably small brains, they are able to accomplish astounding feats. However, they persistently and unknowingly pester building residents and owners.
Woodpeckers typically have red markings on their heads and long, sharply pointed beaks built for sustained rapping on trees. Most common types of woodpeckers also have black and white plumage. The pileated woodpecker is one of the largest and most recognizable of its kind, as it grows to about 15 inches long and can weigh up to 14 ounces, which is comparable to the size of crows. Their distinctive red crest markings and mostly black bodies, which display only a few white stripes, distinguish the birds from other woodpecker species.
Most North American regions are home to woodpecker populations. Their favorite environments have plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food. Woodpecker nest holes are generally just large enough for an adult to fit through.
Are woodpeckers known to enter homes or yards?
Suburban areas and farmlands typically have enough trees and forested land in the general area to accommodate woodpecker populations. Residents of wooden buildings are in particular danger of woodpecker attacks. The nuisance birds are known to drill into structural wood for food as well as to build nests. They drill wood as a social activity, as well.
Do woodpeckers harm people or property?
Woodpeckers pose no physical threat to humans. Property, on the other hand, is at great risk. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, eaves, and trim boards. The size of holes will vary depending on whether the birds are looking for food or constructing nests. Additionally, woodpecker activity leaves trees susceptible to pest insects, infection and disease, and even death.
Control and Safety
Bird netting is frequently used to stop woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees and buildings. Frightening devices also provide some protection. Such methods involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potential drilling sites. Exclusion can be difficult if the birds are well established in the area, at which point pest control professionals may be the only solution.
Trapping and Removal
When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control. Our technicians are trained in humane and thorough pest removal and are familiar with woodpecker behavior. Turning to our team of wildlife removal specialists ensures all the people and birds involved remain free of injury and disease.
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