Post # 1
I feel silly even asking this, but I am bored, and it really is a problem, lol.
We just moved into our house middle of March. The snow has melted, the birds are now out, and apparently two woodpeckers like to peck at the metal chimney thing on top of our house.
They did it yesterday afternoon, and this morning at 6:00AM. Hell no…
According to the neighbors these two (or at least two woodpeckers) have been doing this for years (since the previous, previous owners so it dates back). It seems there aren’t enough frickin’ trees to annoy the neihghborhood with. No, they need to peck on our metal chimney thing and ONLY ours (neighbors said they don’t go to anyone else’s house). It is getting old. They apparently do this starting when the snow melts up until it gets cold.
I can’t do this all summer, and I most certainly can NOT have them ruining the house we just bought. No way. Any ways to get rid of woodpeckers? I know some environmentalist tree huggers are going to say not to shoot them because they are poor, defenseless birds, but it seems like this is becoming our only option, but if there is something different, I will try it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We had this issue at our old house in the ‘burbs. There wasn’t anything we could do about it, since it certainly was not legal to discharge a weapon in such a populated area, and we couldn’t figure out how to trap the sucker or where we would even be allowed to re-locate it to. It sucked, but we kinda got used to it in the 2 years that we lived in that house.
Now that we are out in the country the woodpeckers have plenty of trees to peck, and they leave the houses alone.
Post # 4
Why not set out bird feeders to lure them away? Those suet bricks and cages would cost less than $10.
Post # 5
We have woodpeckers because we have giant 60 year old dying trees, and the asian beetle or whatever has infested the tree, and the woodpeckers find them delicious. Birds are pretty straightforward, eat, nest, mate…
The woodpeckers going at the chimney would make me wonder about my chimney, is there something growing on it? is it reflective or something that is attracting the birds, or is there a hole they are trying to get into? I’d be up on a ladder trying to figure it out, maybe paint it or smear something on it to make it unappealing to the birds.
Post # 6
I assume they like it because it is metal and LOUD. The louder the better to these birds. I will see about painting it or if I can put something on it to deter them.
Also set out a suet feeder.
Post # 7
We have 7 acres of land and TONS of woodpeckers around, small to the very large Woody the Woodpecker kind. They peck to get a food so this makes me wonder what’s inside your chimney or around it. If there’s no food, they’ll look elsewhere. If you can, I would take a look up there to make sure you don’t have any ants or termites trying to make their way into your home, or even a bees nest or something could attract them. They aren’t doing it to make noise, they’re looking for food, I say it’s worth a look!
Post # 8
When woodpeckers peck on a house like that (especially something metal and loud), they are marking their territory from other woodpeckers. Basically their way of saying, “This area is mine – keep out”.
Post # 9
I love woodpeckers, but that noise would drive me nuts too. Google found me this article which looks reasonable.