If left unchecked, woodpeckers can wreak havoc on your exterior wood walls. Woodpeckers drill into wood for a number of reasons, namely to attract mates with the sound and to look for ants and insects to eat. Unfortunately, once a woodpecker has chosen your house as a feeding spot, he will return to it. This is when you need to take action: Luckily, a number of simple household objects can be used as woodpecker deterrents.

Extensively woodpecked wood -- don't let this happen to the exterior walls of your house.

Why Woodpeckers are Pecking your Home

The primary reason that woodpeckers peck is that they are searching for food -- various wood dwelling ants, mites and other insects. Woodpeckers are territorial creatures, so the act of pecking your house is an act of marking his territory, or hunting grounds. Once you discover a woodpecker pecking at your home, it is necessary to take action as soon as possible, to prevent him from getting too comfortable and territorial about your home.

Sticky Substances

Woodpeckers are uncomfortable when their feet come into contact with sticky or tacky substances. So, first thing you should do, is to try and seal up the holes the woodpecker has bored into your home with a sticky substance, such as a wood glue or putty. The woodpecker should feel deterred when the uncomfortable stickiness touches his feet.

Scaring the Bird

Like most animals and birds, woodpeckers are frightened by loud noises and shiny objects. Use anything that creates loud noises - -- drums and cymbals are the best.

In addition, you can use metallic objects such as aluminum foil, mirrors or compact discs to reflect sunlight into the woodpecker's eyes. Stick the foil onto the exterior surfaces of your house -- once the bird comes in, the sunlight will get in his eyes.

Lastly, a well-aimed water hose or water gun will make the bird uncomfortably wet and surely send him packing. This trio of loud noise, shiny reflections and water are a formidable combination of woodpecker deterrents.


Various netting products can also be used to net off the area where the bird was pecking. You should try using this, after you have sealed the holes with the sticky glue or tack. The bird will find it difficult to grip and to peck at your home if he has to deal with netting on his feet. In this case, the finer the netting or wire mesh the better.

Alternate Feeders

Another option is to provide an alternate feeding ground for the woodpecker. Like all birds, woodpeckers will enjoy eating from hanging suet bird feeders. Place this at the edge of your garden, far away from your house -- hopefully the bird will keep himself to this spot and mark it as his territory.