Woodpecker on a Roof
A woodpecker on a roof can pose a serious issue for homeowners. If you’ve ever been awoken to the incessant pecking of a woodpecker, note that is a process to deter them. These birds are known for their many benefits. On one hand, they’re extremely fun to watch, plus they’re extremely resourceful hunters, usually eating their body weight in insects. They can help prevent insect infestation in your home. However, while beautiful and majestic creatures, woodpeckers are also known for causing damage to homes and commercial buildings and, yes, occasionally being a nuisance. It can be difficult to get rid of these birds once they’ve become fixated on your home’s wood frame and its roof. A woodpecker on a roof can be extremely costly.
Looking for a way to dissuade woodpeckers from sticking around for a long time? Read below on some preventive steps you can take.
Nature of Woodpeckers
A woodpecker on a roof is a common occurrence simply because of their nature and preferences. Your home can be an ideal place for pecking holes or to create a space for nesting. In Spring, male woodpeckers will begin drilling, or what is technically referred to as drumming, to attract female woodpeckers. Generally, woodpeckers will select trees to initiate their mating calls. However, it can cause issues if they select your home for drilling, instead. It’s true. These birds have, indeed, taken a liking to home materials such as metal gutters, siding, window frames, and roofing.
Woodpeckers are known to peck 20 times per second. This can cause significant damage. Woodpeckers eat bugs, sap, fruit, nuts, and seeds. In the yard, they are often attracted to suet feeders or nut feeders, and may even visit nectar or jelly feeders. Hanging bird feeders isn’t only appealing to hummingbirds. For a woodpecker on a roof, it can be yet another reason for them to stick around.
Woodpeckers usually hammer on homes for four different reasons:
- It certifies their territory and works for mating purposes.
- They are burrowing to make a nest. The hole will be large and round.
- The woodpecker may be drawn to insects that are feeding on the house.
- They, also, drum to create a place for food storage.
Understanding the specific reasons a woodpecker may be drawn to your home will give you a better idea of how to address the underlying issue. A woodpecker on a roof may mean that you’re experiencing termite issues. Therefore, addressing a termite problem may help to deter the woodpecker from continuing its drilling. On the other hand, if they’re attempting to make a nest, making that area of your home inhospitable can quickly solve your issue, too.
How can you deter a woodpecker on a roof? Given the many reasons a woodpecker is drawn to your home, it’s important to first identify what is appealing. A quick way to determine these circumstances is to take a look at what types of holes they are drilling or drumming. If they’re creating a nest, the hole will be in a focused area and allow for enough space for the bird to climb in comfortably. If they’re drilling for insects within the home, you’re more likely to see sporadic drilling. Sporadic drilling can be more costly to repair given that there isn’t any containment of the damage.
Regardless of why a woodpecker is on a roof, it’s important to note that there are various methods for deterring a woodpecker. There are objects that can serve to dissuade these birds from taking up your home as their residence. Similarly, you can make your home inhospitable to insects, which will also make it less appealing for woodpeckers who prey on these same bees, mosquitos, caterpillars, termites, and more.
Here are a few methods for deterring a woodpecker on a roof:
Windsocks or windmills placed around the roof, particularly near affected areas may work to scare woodpeckers away. Because birds tend to ignore visual stimuli, visual deterrents should move with the wind to be most effective. Plastic owls and other birds of prey are less effective, as woodpeckers will acclimate to their presence after a few days, and ignore them.
Don’t have anything on hand? Some homeowners opt for using something cost-effective and found laying around. A compact disk, for example, is a great visual aid to dissuade woodpeckers from visiting. Simply hang an old CD from a string or fishing wire near the area where drilling has started. Subtle movements and the reflection on the CD aid in helping the woodpecker to see movement on the home, successfully scaring them away.
Some woodpeckers may be frightened by reflections and the shadows they create. Hanging aluminum pans or aluminum foil around affected areas of your home may scare them away. Homeowners may also use mirrors or wind chimes that can reflect sunlight. These can be used in combination with motion deterrents.
Many hardware stores carry motion-activated alarms that emit noises that scare woodpeckers away. These may simply emit a loud noise that keeps woodpeckers from becoming comfortable around your home, or sounds of predators and woodpeckers in distress.
Woodpeckers may be attracted to your home because of an infestation of insects. Talk with an exterminator to eliminate the food supply that draws woodpeckers to your home. Dealing with infestations of insects is a good maintenance practice.
Many hardware stores offer bird deterrent products such as bird repellent tape that can be installed in areas around the affected area. If you’re noticing oblong shaped holes in your home’s roof, it may be an indication that the male and female woodpeckers are nesting. Consider building an external nesting box.