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Pileated woodpeckers hammer their heads into trees with a force of
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Captured Northern Flicker -  Harbor Wildlife Control
Captured Northern Flicker - Harbor Wildlife Control

Controlling or managing woodpeckers is not an easy task. Many experts agree that you have to discover the pecking activity early and try to scare the birds away. But keep in mind that their survival mechanism is strong as they are either creating noise (drumming) to attract a mate or outline a territory, looking for food, or possibly building a nest. These three functions are critical to their survival, so they will not give into a mere human with too much ease.

Damage from woodpeckers generally occurs from one of three things, lets have a look at each one in more detail:

Drumming is the term given to a woodpecker's habit of hammering loudly and rapidly onto some resonating surface, such as a dying tree, stop sign, chimney, or house. Since woodpeckers do not have a song as do passerine birds, drumming may serve as a territorial signal similar to bird song and it may also serve to attract a mate. Both sexes are known to drum.

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Woodpecker Damage

Roosting and Nesting
Woodpeckers roost and nest in cavities. As evening falls, woodpeckers look for roosting cavities, either an old abandoned hole, or more frequently, a cavity they excavated specifically for roosting purposes. They excavate nesting holes at the start of the breeding season, usually in late April and May. Nesting and roosting cavities are usually only slightly larger then the width of the bird and are either round, rectangular, or gourd-shaped. Woodpeckers are very selective when choosing sites for their holes, tending to look for dead trees or snags that have a hard outer shell and a softer inner cavity. Some seem to find the soft cedar siding of many houses to be very useful for this purpose.

Foraging for Food
When foraging for insects, woodpeckers tend to excavate diseased, dying, or rotting trees. Woodpeckers are quite capable of drilling anything from tiny rows of holes to huge yawning craters into the wood of trees, utility poles, and even houses as they search for their meal. Carpenter bee larvae seem to be prime suspect in damge to home while foraging. Controlling carpenter bees in general is not as easy task as one may think. They can be controlled be a local pest control operator who handles wood destroying insects.

woodpeckers are protected under federal law. Prior to any potentially lethal methods, which may have to be done, a permit must be obtained from United States Fisn and Wildlife Service (USFWS). You can work with your wildlife control professional to obtain this permit to begin the removal of the birds. Remeber, bringing these problems to an end is neither easy or inexpensive and there is no "Quick Fix".

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