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Frequently asked questions about woodpecker problems and solutions

Woodpeckers are drilling holes in my house. How can I stop them?

Do scare tactics like scary eye balloons, and plastic owls, actually work?
I've seen ads for ultrasonic noise and bird distress call devices, do these work?

 

Q: Woodpeckers are drilling holes in my house. How can I stop them?

A: They are most likely looking for food or drumming to attract a mate. Luckily there are several things you can do to deter them. Usually if you can deter them for a few days they'll take their drumming to a new location. You can move them by hanging Scare-Eye Balloons and or Flash Tape in their vicinity. These reflective deterrents create an area of discomfort; basically the woodpecker would rather go elsewhere to peck. Bird Barrier also offers two exciting products that have shown some promise poles). A new liquid spray can be applied to the side of your house, and when applied upon pecking into the wood the deterrent delivers a bad taste similar to Cayenne pepper to the woodpecker. We also offer a hole filler with the same sensory  disturbing qualities that will drive them away from the holes when they try to re-peck into the wood. The spray is one quart and covers 400 square feet, and the hole filler is a two part mix that makes about 2 pints. Woodpecker products.

Q: Do scare tactics like scary eye balloons, and plastic owls, actually work?

A: That's a good question, and the answer is "if used at proper times in the correct combination." Scare devices can be effective for short periods of time, like around harvest time at a vineyard. But to just place a plastic owl on your roof and hope for a permanent solution to your problems is a real dream that will not come true. Birds soon realize that the plastic owl does not move or threaten them in any way, and so they move in and actually land on the owls themselves. Scare devices should only be used for short periods of time, and should be reinforced with other control techniques like noise, lights and other distractions. Our Screech Owl takes plastic owls to the next level, it's mounting base rotates, and every five minutes it screeches like a hawk or barks like a dog, and can be very effective against pigeons.

Q: I've seen ads for ultrasonic noise and bird distress call devices, do these work?

A: Like the question above regarding plastic owls and other scare devices, these products can work for a short period of time, but hardly ever solve the large-scale problems they are advertised for. They can be somewhat effective in some situations, but largely we believe they are not worth the investment. We've seen pigeons nesting right next to such devices. If you want to give them a try, please make sure you buy from a reputable company that offers a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

 

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