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Frequently Asked Questions


Q I have a woodpecker tapping on my drainpipe at the crack of dawn every morning, what do I do?

A This behavior is known as drumming and is typically done at the onset of the breeding season in early spring. You can try hanging Mylar reflective tape, streamers, or even a mirror up on the area where the woodpecker is drumming to try and scare it off. Please see Control Methods for more details.


Q A woodpecker is putting huge holes in my siding. How can I keep it off the house without harming it?

A It sounds as though a woodpecker may be excavating roosting holes into your siding. There are a number of ways to go about remedying this problem that will enable you to keep the woodpecker off of your house, but still coming to your suet feeder. Please see our section on Damage and Siding, choose your siding and damage type, and see our Control Methods for more details.


Q Will plastic owls work in keeping woodpeckers from my siding?

A Generally, plastic owls will work only for a short period of time before the woodpecker becomes acclimated to it, thus ignoring it completely. Some homeowners try moving the owl to a different location each day, but again, this usually doesn't work as a long term deterrent.