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Woodpeckers: Damage, Prevention, and Control

Researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are studying damage inflicted on property by woodpeckers. We invite you to learn more about this problem, including the reasons why they may have selected your house, and possible deterrents.

Study Background
Learn a little bit about what we're doing and why
Biology and Behavior
Read about the biology and behavior of woodpeckers, see pictures of the species of woodpeckers common to the Northeast
Why on Houses?
Why do woodpeckers like to hammer on our homes?
Damage and Siding Types
Different siding types are susceptible to woodpeckers
Woodpeckers look for a variety of insects in the siding of your house
Control Methods
There are ways to keep woodpeckers off of your house
Woodpecker FAQ

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