I recently hung a big bird feeder in my yard in front of my kitchen window. 2 weeks later I have 2-3 woodpeckers pecking on the metal gutters everyday. How can I stop this? Do you think it’s the bird food?
If you review our WOODPECKER CONTROL article, you’ll learn that woodpeckers will commonly use anything metal to “sound”. The types of metal they love to use will include chimney caps, metal siding and rain gutters.
The sound the woodpeckers are creating is used to mark territory and communicate with other birds of their species. This behavior tends to be most prevalent during the spring but it can continue year round.
So to answer your question; no, the bird food is not causing them to sound. And if you’d like them to stop, the simplest thing to do would be to install some IRRITAPE or ATTACK SPIDERS where they’re active.
If you find them pecking at one location, the Attack Spider would be the best way to proceed since it’s very effective and when used alone, will cover the largest area. But if they are pecking at any part of your entire gutter system, installing some Irritape every 10 feet around the home will prove more cost effective overall.
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Woodpecker Control: http://www.woodpecker-control.com/woodpecker-control