Oro Valley, Arizona

Deter Woodpeckers 

Woodpeckers are tapping on my home!

They may be trying to attract a mate or proclaim their territory. When woodpeckers are courting, it's common for them to show their availability through special flight displays, calling or drumming. Typically this happens in late winter through late spring. They may be searching for food - insects. Woodpeckers love insects, and they could be pecking away at the wood because they think insects are present. They may be trying to build a nest, although this is not common. Some woodpeckers can hammer nesting holes through siding and insulation. Whatever the reason, chances are you want to stop them. There are two main ways to do this - scare away the woodpecker or keep him from accessing the area.

Scaring Woodpeckers

  • Throw a little "cold water" on the woodpecker by spraying him with water from a garden hose.

  • Suspend light pie plates and metal can lids from a string and jerk the line whenever the bird appears.

  • Hang bright mylar strips from the area (WBU carries Holographic Scare Tape).

  • Hang pinwheels with reflective vanes to the area, and be sure they rotate.

  • Place silhouettes of snakes, owls and hawks near the area so they blow in the breeze. To be most effective, play recorded calls of birds of prey.

  • Excluding Woodpeckers

  • Cover the area with plastic or nylon netting or install a screen over the area to keep the woodpecker out (be aware that birds can get caught in netting, so use this method with discretion).

  • Create an alternative tapping surface such as a wooden box or metal cylinder in a location where the tapping will not annoy you.

  • Place a woodpecker nest box over the area. If the bird is trying to create a nesting location, he may stop and use the box.

  • How Do I keep Woodpeckers Off My Hummingbird Feeders?

    • Try a Woodpecker 'resistant' hummingbird feeder: The Opus Hummingbird feeder does not have perches for larger birds to sit on, but a hummingbird can hover at the nectar ports. To keep larger birds from sitting on top of the feeder and bending over to get a drink, try placing a blank CD over the top or cut the bottom out of a plastic bottle and slide it over the chain (see examples below).

    • Try our For Hummingbirds Only feeder. It's crafted with durable plastic and has a "Tupperware-like" tight seal. No leaks! Another cool aspect of this feeder is that it rotates if larger birds try to sit on it. Fun and effective! This feeder also has a unique "Bee Proof" design.

     Here are some links to a few sites that also may be able to help: