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Pilated Woodpecker Problem
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Howard Barnhard    Posted 10-30-2002 at 05:41:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a problem with pilated woodpeckers attacking and
sometimes nesting in the walls of our western red cedar home.
What are your suggestions for stopping them?

thanks, Howard

Roger    Posted 04-10-2009 at 15:56:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have to reply that first of all we do not have a problem with the Pilated.We were overjoyed just minutes ago when we had the first male Pilated visited our suet cake about 10 feet from our motorhome window.They may be a nuisance bird but it is alo a beautiful bird.

John in Minnesota    Posted 06-27-2007 at 22:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had both pilated and red-bellied after my house here. Exposed Douglas 6x12 posts, and 6x18 laminated beams. They seemed to go after spots with either sap or bore holes from bugs.
I waited until they had a start, and them mixed a batch of liquid cement with my house stain. Filled the holes, then sanded and stained.
After a few pecks on the hardened spots they both moved back to working on the trees.

Moofie    Posted 10-19-2006 at 11:45:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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JE    Posted 07-28-2005 at 07:25:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If these woodpeckers make fist-sized holes in huge healthy pines, what is the prognosis for these trees? We have SEVERAL!

Rebel Falcone    Posted 06-10-2004 at 11:18:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help! A pilated woodpecker is causing major problems for us. It has already destroyed our wooden steps to the patio and now is attacking the screens and windows. The only wooden object connected to our house was the steps which have been destroyed. Our house is made of aluminum siding. So far, I have hung aluminun on plant holders hoping that the wind moving it might keep the bird away but no luck. I bought a plastic owl to put in the yard but no luck. Any suggestions? Our neighbors both have huge wooden decks but the bird isn't interested in them. He has been "visiting" us for three weeks. Thanks!

Carmela Bray    Posted 11-21-2007 at 02:06:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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Bentcrank    Posted 10-30-2002 at 07:30:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
decoys will work. Those peckers hate a crow. You can buy a few plastic crow decoys and perch them on a 16D nail you need to drive in a bit next to the hole. Wire the decoy onto the nail with a piece of copper wire of something so the wind won't blow it down. Them peckers just want a hollow tree, but a hollow wall cavity in your house is all the same to them and your siding is thinner than some old ceder tree out in the woods.

That and I hear that RAP music will drive them away, at least I've seen that it drives away everything else- thers my 2 centsworth

glen sw wi    Posted 10-30-2002 at 06:42:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Put bird netting over the area. Should be able to get it at a garden store. Leave it up till the crazy birds move to the neighbors. Check out Scott Craven at the Univ of Wi Extension. He is a wildlife biologist and answers this question quite often.

LH    Posted 10-30-2002 at 06:10:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
BB gun at close range, and plug the holes. If you're not a good shot a shotgun works real well but it's hard on the walls.

Les    Posted 10-30-2002 at 18:18:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would not dream of shooting a pileated woodpecker. But then of course, I've never heard of them being a nuisance.

Shawn    Posted 05-09-2004 at 12:00:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a Shame to too them, they are rare and I have pitty on someone with such a narrow approach to the wild. I hope some day you will grow in a way to be wise and learned.


Shawn    Posted 05-09-2004 at 12:00:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

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