Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Peckers
Wood pecker damage to buildings is now a widespread and severe problem. According to statistical data, wood peckers account for an average of $300 in damages to affected homes, thus resulting in property worth millions of dollars suffering damage on a yearly basis in the United States. This has led many homeowners to learn more about wood peckers so as to eradicate the problem.
Here are some frequently asked questions about wood peckers and their answers to help you understand this wild creature more.
Where do Wood Peckers Live?
Wood peckers live in or near wooden areas as they are dependent on wood for both food and shelter. They build nests in tree trunks, or branches and/or other wooden structures. Wood peckers can nest on wooden fence posts, homes, utility poles, barns and businesses.
Wood peckers nest in roofs, walls and attics in homes. Note that the fact that your property isn't close to the forest doesn't mean you are safe from wood pecker damage. Wood peckers can infest any wooden property no matter the location.
When are Wood Peckers Most Active?
Wood peckers are most active during their breeding season which occurs in the spring. They stick around to fend for their babies. Most wood pecker will live through the year in the same location. They are likely to make noise (between February and June) in your home in a time that correlates with their territorial communication and mating season.
What do Wood Peckers See as Food?
The tiny insects that live inside trees and/or bore into wood are the favorite source of food for wood peckers. There are some species of wood peckers that you eat bugs (carpenter bee larva), berries, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Some wood pecker species even feed on tree sap.
Why do Wood Peckers Tap on Houses?
Wood peckers tap on homes for one main reason: for food and shelter (although these are not the only things that draws wood peckers to tap your home). Your roof or the siding of your home may be free of bugs, but a wood pecker can still tap in to establish its own territory or to draw a mate. Apart from buildings, fence posts and utility poles are the two other favorite spots for wood peckers to tap into.
What Kind of Damage Can Wood Peckers Cause?
Wood pecker pecking, drilling or drumming on either wood or metal surfaces can result in damage to your home's paint job. Wooden and metal surfaces can be destroyed from wood pecker tapping. More importantly, the wood pecker noise can be heard inside the house and is very annoying. Wood peckers do not care if everyone at home is sleeping they keep on tapping thus becoming a nuisance. Drumming on the house can occur at any hour of the day and a number of times every single day.
It can continue for weeks or even months into the early spring and summer season. The more resonant the tapping sound on an item, the more likely the wood pecker will keep using it as a drum. Meaning that wood peckers will choose TV antennas, metal gutters, chimney caps, downspouts and plumbing vents as objects to drum on. Wood peckers can bore holes at the bark of trees so as to easily remove tree sap with their tongues. The size of these holes increases the more as the wood pecker uses it to sap. Large patches of bark will be stripped from the tree. If this tree damage goes on for an extended period the tree can die.
If wood peckers make holes on trees, the wounds can attract insects (especially porcupines and squirrels). Additionally, wood-decaying organisms and diseases will also find a way into the tree via the wound, thus leading to tree decay and death. If your trees are fruit or nut trees, note that wood peckers will be attracted to them. This can lead to depletion of the tree's growth to the point that there is not much left for you to consume.
Is it Ideal for Homeowners to Control Wood Peckers by Themselves?
Anything involving climbing up and down the roof can put someone who isn't skilled in physical harm. Which is why homeowners are advised against trying to control wood pecker infestation on their own. Wood pecker prevention measures must be taken to ensure they do not nest there again. The wood pecker waste, insects and nesting materials must be cleaned up, too. To best avoid any more problems, it is best to contact wildlife removal services to handle the infestation and prevent damage to your home.
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