Woodpecker Scare Tactics in Redding, CT, when woodpeckers start pecking at homes they first go after rotted wood, because its easy access to get to the bugs behind it. Scare tactics help by deterring the woodpeckers away from the home. There are many different tactics and can be effective in doing so.
Woodpeckers cause problems around homes primarily due to drumming and drilling activities. Both are related to breeding and territorial behavior and may occur in fall or spring. Spring is the most active period as woodpeckers are both drumming and drilling. Drumming by the male is a territorial behavior done to attract a mate and establish a territory. Male woodpeckers drum on resonate surfaces by “lightly” tapping with their bill to create a fast, reverberating drumming sound. Typically, the drumming surface is a hollow tree, but woodpeckers may also use metal gutters, chimney flashing, or aluminum or wood siding. Drumming rarely results in any significant damage to the home, but it can be an annoyance for the human occupants that may last for several weeks in early spring. The drilling of holes in siding, eaves, and fascia areas of natural wood-sided homes is also believed to be closely associated with breeding activity and reports of woodpeckers successfully nesting in walls of homes is not uncommon. Woodpeckers are attracted to natural, dark-stained, unpainted cedar and redwood siding but may also damage pine, fir, and stucco-sided homes. Complaints often involve woodpeckers excavating numerous holes, usually near the eaves and sometimes on more than one side of the house. Hole drilling in houses also increases in fall as the holes may serve as winter roost cavities.
In some cases, woodpeckers may damage homes because of feeding behavior. Damage consisting of long, narrow furrows following horizontal or vertical seams or along window frames is evidence of woodpeckers searching for insects such as wood boring bees, carpenter ants, wasps, or other insects that bore into the wood or find these cracks attractive for shelter. This searching behavior by woodpeckers may or may not indicate the presence of insect pests but results in damage nonetheless.