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Woodpeckers

Drumming noises? Holes in your wood siding? Woodpeckers pecking and damaging your house? These sounds and damage may well be due to woodpeckers. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective prevention of woodpecker damage.
    Woodpeckers

    How To Identify Woodpecker Problems


    Woodpecker Description
    Woodpeckers are found throughout the United States and are fairly common in areas near people. The three most widely distributed species are the hairy woodpecker, the downy woodpecker, and the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Different species are responsible for damage in different regions. Woodpeckers are notorious for their strong pointed beak that is used to penetrate wood in search of insects and hollow out wood for nesting.

    Woodpecker Habitats
    Because they are dependent on trees for shelter and food, woodpeckers are found mostly in or on the edge of wooded areas. They nest in cavities chiseled into tree trunks, branches, or structures, or use natural or preexisting cavities. Many species nest in human-made structures, and have thus extended their habitat to include wooden fence posts, utility poles, and buildings. Because of this, woodpeckers may be found in localities where trees are scarce in the immediate vicinity.

    Woodpecker Entry
    Woodpeckers often cause damage to building exteriors in search of food or shelter. Drumming causes little damage other than possible paint removal on metal surfaces; however, the noise can often be heard throughout the house and becomes quite annoying. Drumming is predominantly a springtime activity. They often include metal surfaces such as metal gutters, downspouts, chimney caps, TV antennas, rooftop plumbing vents, and metal roof valleys. Drumming may occur a number of times during a single day and the activity may go on for some days or months. Our woodpecker removal professionals will assess the problem and take the necessary steps to not only humanely remove the woodpecker or woodpeckers from your home or building but also repair damaged areas and reduce the possibility of future woodpecker problems.

     

    What To Do Before The Woodpecker Removal Specialist Arrives

     

    Woodpecker Control and Safety 
    Woodpeckers are classified as migratory, nongame birds and are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Woodpeckers are not dangerous animals, however, if you are able to identify with certainty that you have woodpeckers near your home we recommend that you contact your local Critter Control office and take a few steps to prepare for the technician’s arrival. You should be able to identify the general area of the home or building that the woodpeckers are drilling. This will be helpful for the woodpecker removal technician.

    Contact a Critter Control Woodpecker Specialist
    Woodpecker removal and professional woodpecker prevention services should be contacted as soon as a woodpecker issue is identified. Call 1‐800‐CRITTER (274‐8837)


    What To Expect Once A Woodpecker Technician Arrives


    Woodpecker Trapping and Removal
    Critter Control Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your woodpecker problem. Critter Control offices practice humane woodpecker removal techniques that ensure the safe capture and release of the nuisance animals.


    Woodpecker Damage
    Damage to buildings may take one of several forms. Holes may be drilled into wood siding, eaves, window frames and trim boards. Woodpeckers prefer cedar and redwood siding, but will damage pine, fir, cypress, and others when choices are limited. Natural or stained wood surfaces are preferred over painted wood, and newer houses in an area are often primary targets. Your Critter Control technician will assess the damage caused by the nuisance woodpeckers and provide solutions not only for repairing the damaged area but will also present a strategy to help prevent future woodpecker problems. The sooner these issues are handled and addressed by our woodpecker removal expert, the lower the overall cost. Don’t wait to call Critter Control if you have woodpecker problems!

     

    Critter Control of Portland provides Animal Damage Control for the following cities: Aloha, Battle Ground, Beaverton, Camus, Cornelius, Damascus, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, La Center, Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, North Plains, Oregon City, Portland, Ridgefield, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, Vancouver, Washougal, West Linn, Wilsonville, Wood Village

    We also cover the following counties: Washington, Multnomah, Clark, Clackamas

    Critter Control has offices throughout the United States and Canada. If you are not in the Portland area, please call 1-800-CRITTER or visit our Office Finder to find a Critter Control office near you. We have the professional wildlife management solutions you need!

    Critter Control is a nationwide company, and as such, the presence of the material on this local site does not imply that your local office can offer every service for every animal listed here. Please call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837) to see if the local office can handle your situation.