4 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Woodpeckers Outside Your Home

Do you have woodpeckers causing all sorts of damage on your wooden home? Try these four natural remedies to keep them away.

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers

1. Inspect House Siding for Insects
Inspect the exterior of your home for insects like ants, termites, and carpenter bees. The woodpeckers are most likely damaging the siding of your home in search for food. They will start drilling elsewhere once they realize your home has no insects to offer.

Decoy Owls Woodpeckers

2. Scare them with Decoy Predators
Get a plastic garden owl or a fake rubber snake and place them close to the areas of the home where the woodpeckers are frequently spotted. Move the decoys once every few days so the birds don’t get too used to them.

Woodpecker Houses

3. Attach Foil to the House Siding
Attach strips of aluminum foil to the house siding. Woodpeckers are easily scared off by the sight of shiny materials. You can also use other flashy materials like reflective tape.

4. Set up a Woodpecker House
Provide them an alternative spot to drill holes by setting up a woodpecker house in the backyard. Look for woodpecker houses made of natural cedar.

Please note that woodpeckers are migratory birds protected by the state and federal wildlife departments (see the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act). As annoying as woodpeckers may be, there are better ways to deal with them than to kill them.