Bird Pest Control: Woodpeckers

woodpeckerWoodpeckers are pesky birds, and may wreak serious havoc on your home if you’re not careful. They may damage your home or the surrounding areas, and thus quickly become a pest that you’ll understandably want to get rid of. Today we have some tips about understanding woodpeckers and how to get rid of them if they’re a problem in your home.

Understanding woodpeckers

Twenty-one species of woodpeckers inhabit the United States. These birds are federally protected and cannot be destroyed. Woodpeckers vary by species, but the color is mostly red on the had, and most have various patters of black and white on their bodies. They have two legs, are shaped like a common bird, are seven to fifteen inches in length, and don’t have any antennae.


Woodpeckers usually peck at dead or diseased trees/limbs, but they have also been known to peck at buildings, siding, metal and/or air conditioners. Woodpeckers peck in order to find food, excavate areas for nesting, or create room for food storage. These birds can have two or three broods per year, each with three to six young.


These birds are found mostly in or on the edge of wooded areas due to food prevalence and preference for living in or near trees. They can nest in structures, fences, sign posts, and poles. These birds may harm your home more than they help it, and it’s important to realize and understand these problems going into it.


Damage caused by woodpeckers in structures can range from holes in wood to damaged siding and air conditioning units, making woodpecker management vital.

Preventing woodpeckers

Woodpeckers cannot be killed because they are protected under law. Woodpecker prevention is based upon physical barriers and scare techniques. Physical barriers created created in pecking areas will help get rid of woodpeckers by preventing entry. Commonly these are made of steel mesh. Noise scare techniques are also effective in some cases. Remember, woodpeckers are protected and any prevention or woodpecker control is subject to compliance with federal law.

If you have any questions about how best to prevent these pest from inhabiting your home or yard, contact a Las Vegas Pest Control specialist today. We can help you understand what you need to do to get rid of these pesky birds in your yard. It’s important that you do this in the proper manner, so as not to harm the birds, which is where the trickiness comes in. We have the techniques that are needed to get rid of these problems in an ethical and safe manner. We understand just how much annoyance these pests can cause, and want to help you get rid of said annoyance. Contact us today for more information!