Protecting Your Roof Against Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers pecking at your home is more than just annoying. It’s damaging and can lead to major repair bills down the line. Woodpeckers are protected by the federal migratory bird protection act, which makes it illegal to kill them, even if it’s done in the line of mitigating damage to your soffit, fascia or roofing. Fortunately, there are several options to protect against woodpeckers.

Protecting Your Home Against WoodpeckersThe best way to deter a woodpecker is to take action as soon as you hear knocking on your home. Take these steps to deter woodpeckers from damaging your home:

Motion Deterrent: Wind socks 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.

Visual Deterrent: 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.

Audio Deterrent: 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.

Pest Control: 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.

Physical Deterrent: Many hardware stores offer bird deterrent products such as bird repellent tape that can be installed in areas around the affected area.