Gray Brothers Wildlife LLC at a job in New Canaan, CT looking at alot of woodpecker damage on the home.
Woodpeckers can cause huge amounts of damage on your home. If the house has stained cedar clapboards and is located in a wooded region or woodpecker “hot spot” (an area of high woodpecker population and activity), the house is particularly susceptible to damage, especially if the stain is an earth tone such as brown, dark red, or dark green. There can be a few different types of damage:
Holes larger then two inches in diameter may be drilled by the woodpecker into the siding, usually between the seam of the two clapboards Often these holes go through the siding and into the insulation. These are most likely the beginnings of roosting or nesting holes. Smaller, unfinished holes as well as scrapings along the upper board usually surround larger holes. Scrapes and holes on the corner siding or corner boards of the house may be due to drumming or nesting/roosting behavior. Such damage is less often a case of foraging for insects.
Holes in the fascia boards may be either the result of drumming, in which case there are usually very small holes in clusters at specific points on the fascia boards, or the result of woodpeckers foraging for carpenter bee larvae. If the house has painted cedar clapboards, unless the house is in a woodpecker hot spot, there is often no damage to the siding, especially if the house is painted in shades of white, pastels, or other bright colors. Damage to the fascia boards could be the result of woodpeckers drumming, evidenced by very small holes in clusters at specific points on the fascia boards, or the result of woodpeckers foraging for carpenter bee larvae. Damage may be similar to that described for stained cedar clapboards.
Be sure that you call us at Gray Brothers Wildlife LLC to start woodpecker scare tactics to deter woodpeckers away from your home and decrease the chance of anymore woodpecker damage.
Woodpecker Damage in New Canaan, CT.