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Woodpecker Damage


Old 09-21-20, 04:14 AM
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Woodpecker Damage

This is damage caused over at least two years. The smaller hole is new as of yesterday and the other is bigger. We finally caught the culprit in action. No signs of ants or bees or termites to the untrained eye. We stuffed foil up there. What's next? How to repair the hole and should we get an exterminator to check for bugs?

Old 09-21-20, 05:13 AM
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It isn't likely that a woodpecker would attack your house unless it thought there were bugs to eat. Sometimes they will mistake stryofoam expanding/contracting for bug activity.

Most any filler will work although IMO the best fix would be to cover the wood with aluminum.
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Mating season causes "drumming' behavior in woodpeckers. They will drum on aluminum siding, gutters, pretty much anything that makes noises within their home territory. Maybe they are attracted to previously made holes to continue this behavior or maybe there is an insect problem. It might be better to start with a wildlife pro than an insect pro as they will be more in tune with woodpecker behavior for this time of year. Possibly an even better place to start would be with the local county agricultural extension office, supported by local university, as they are familiar with local insect/wildlife behaviors, as they will be a source of objective information. This will give you more knowledge as/if you pursue with a pro.
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I agree with PAbugman.
I'm not a wildlife expert, but...In the mountains of Colorado, I've seen many houses with T1-11 siding with horizontal lines (sometimes 4 feet wide) of woodpecker damage (rows of small holes) because they tap and find a hollow void in the layers of plywood underneath. They will follow the void thinking they have found an insect bore hole. It may have found an inviting spot due to the existing damage, or, a piece of rotting wood. A wildlife pro will probably be able to give you information related to your specific area and local species.

Let us know what you find.


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