Woodpecker Control

Woodpecker Trapping, Removal, & Prevention

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Woodpeckers

The woodpecker’s name says it all. It’s not hard to figure out why it was given this English name—most woodpeckers love to tap loudly with their beaks on tree trunks, and other times, on your house or business. Woodpeckers are also known as flickers, so any of United Wildlife’s woodpecker removal ideas on how to get rid of woodpeckers will also apply to flickers.

Woodpeckers, flickers or picidae, have stiff tail feathers and two sharp-clawed toes that point backward. These two physical traits enable woodpeckers (flickers) to cling very easily to tree trunks, branches, homes, businesses, or anything else they may be hammering on. Woodpeckers, or flickers, usually have some sort of bright-colored pattern on their bodies.




Frequently Asked Woodpecker Questions

Where do woodpeckers / flickers live?

When are woodpeckers / flickers most active?
What foods do woodpeckers / flickers eat?

Why is a woodpecker / flicker making noise on my house?

I want to know how to get rid of woodpeckers / flickers. Why is it important to hire United Wildlife woodpecker / flicker control to remove a woodpecker / flicker? I have woodpeckers / flickers hammering my stucco, siding, and roof. What damage can they cause?
I have a woodpecker / flicker in my trees. Will a woodpecker / flicker cause tree damage?

I have heard insects live on woodpeckers / flickers. Is that true?
I want to trap or kill woodpeckers / flickers myself. Is that ok? How can United Wildlife's woodpecker pest control help me solve my woodpecker / flicker problem?
What are United Wildlife's woodpecker / flicker removal payment options? What should I do after United Wildlife's woodpecker removers get rid of the woodpeckers / flickers?

Q-1. WHERE DO WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS LIVE?
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A. Because they are dependent on trees for food and shelter, woodpeckers / flickers can usually be found in or nearby wooded areas. They build their nests in tree trunks, branches and other wooden structures.

Oftentimes, manmade buildings work just as well for a woodpecker / flicker home. Woodpecker habitat has extended to utility poles, wooden fence posts, homes, barns and businesses. In homes and businesses, woodpeckers will nest in roofs, attics and walls. Simply because you don’t live near a forest doesn’t mean you are safe from woodpecker damage.

Q-2. WHEN ARE WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Breeding for woodpeckers / flickers usually occurs in the springtime. Woodpeckers will lay anywhere from 3 to 6 eggs, which will quickly hatch in about 2 weeks. Some babies have a little feathering on their bodies, while others will be completely naked. Woodpeckers / flickers are quite the progressive birds—both the mom and dad stick around and raise the babies. Most species have between 2 and 3 broods a year.

Most woodpeckers will live year-round in the same area. This does not bode well for a homeowner if a woodpecker or flicker family is living on the roof. Most woodpeckers / flickers prefer a smaller group of friends, though one species in particular can travel in flocks of several hundred.

Woodpeckers / flickers are most likely to make noise on your home or business between February and June, since this timing correlates with mating season and territorial communication.

Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS EAT?
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A. Insects that live in trees and bore into wood are woodpeckers’ most favorite dish. But there are so many different species of woodpeckers / flickers that you may encounter one eating bugs off the ground, and another pecking at berries, nuts, fruits and seeds. Some woodpecker / flicker species even eat tree sap along with tree insects.

Q-4. WHY IS A WOODPECKER / FLICKER MAKING NOISE ON MY HOUSE?
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A. Woodpeckers are dependent on trees for their home and their food. Oftentimes, our manmade areas also fulfill these needs.

Why do woodpeckers / flickers tap on houses and businesses? For several reasons: The pecking signals to their rivals that this territory is taken, and it’s also a very effective way to locate grubs living under the bark of a tree or within the wood on the house or business. If a woodpecker / flicker is making noise on the siding or house, it may be trying to excavate a home for itself.

But food and shelter are not the only reasons woodpeckers / flickers hammer on the roof. Your roof or siding may be bug-free, but a woodpecker will still tap to establish its territory or to attract a mate. Buildings, utility poles and fence posts are favorite spots for woodpeckers / flickers to practice their “drumming.”

Q-5. I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HIRE UNITED WILDLIFE WOODPECKER CONTROL TO REMOVE A WOODPECKER / FLICKER?
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A. Woodpeckers, aka flickers, can cause significant hole damage to homes and other wooden structures. Throughout a season, eight woodpeckers / flickers may be pecking into a house at a time. Any vacation homes or cabins you may own that are vacant part of the year will be in the most critical danger. You most likely won’t notice the woodpecker damage until it’s gotten quite destructive. For this same reason, barns and other extra wooden buildings on your property may see extensive damage as well.

Wooden buildings can be damaged by woodpeckers or flickers in several ways. Wood siding, trim boards, stucco, metal, eaves, window frames and sometimes concrete can all be hot spots for woodpeckers. Though woodpeckers prefer cedar and redwood, they will drill into most any type of wood your home or business has to offer. Newer or even partially constructed houses are often woodpecker targets, as they prefer unpainted wood, or wood with just a light stain.

If there are any imperfections in your wood siding, insects will often burrow in these gaps, tempting woodpeckers / flickers to drill at the siding. If the woodpecker pecks enough at these gaps, it may break a hole big enough for it to nest in.

Acorn woodpeckers will drill holes into your home or business siding for the sole purpose of depositing one acorn for storage into each opening. The woodpecker will often cram acorns into roof shakes or deposit nuts into unscreened plumbing vents.

A woodpecker nesting in a utility pole or fence post on your property can do serious damage. The holes will weaken the structure, and a downed or weak utility pole or fence can pose a fire and safety hazard.

Q-6. I HAVE WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS HAMMERING MY STUCCO, SIDING AND ROOF. WHAT DAMAGE CAN THEY CAUSE?
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A. Woodpecker pecking, drumming or drilling on wood or metal surfaces can cause damage to your home or business building's paint job or stucco work. Wood and metal surfaces can become disfigured from woodpecker / flicker tapping. Even more importantly, the woodpecker / flicker noise can be heard throughout the house or office and can be very annoying. Woodpeckers don’t care if people are sleeping in the house on which they are tapping. They don’t care if it’s five in the morning. Drumming on the house may occur a number of times in a single day, and go on for weeks or months during early spring and summer.

The more resonant the drumming sound on an object, the more likely a woodpecker / flicker will use it as a drum. This often means woodpeckers will choose metal gutters, TV antennas, chimney caps, plumbing vents and downspouts as objects to peck on.

Q-7. I HAVE A WOODPECKER / FLICKER IN MY TREES. WILL A WOODPECKER / FLICKER CAUSE TREE DAMAGE?
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A. Sapsucker woodpeckers will bore holes in the bark of healthy trees so they can remove the sap with their tongues. The holes will increase in size the more the woodpecker uses it to find sap, and large patches of bark may be stripped off the tree. If this woodpecker / flicker tree damage goes on long enough, the tree may die.

If woodpeckers / flickers make holes in your trees, often the wounds will attract insects, porcupines and squirrels. Diseases and wood-decaying organisms will find their way into the tree through the wound, which can eventually lead to decay and death of the trees.

If you have fruit or nut trees, you may notice a woodpecker / flicker being particularly attracted to them. Since vegetable matter makes up a good portion of some woodpeckers’ diets, they can deplete the tree’s growth so there’s not as much left for human consumption.

Q-8. I HEARD INSECTS LIVE ON WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Little critters can get a ride on a woodpecker’s back and the closer you are to the birds, the more chance you have of coming into contact with mites and conenose bugs.

A bug living in a woodpecker / flicker nest can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the woodpecker’s nest and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the woodpecker / flicker abandons its nest for any reason, the whole caboodle of bird bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our woodpecker and flicker control experts remove bird nests and other garbage after all the woodpeckers / flickers are removed.

Woodpeckers / flickers are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Woodpecker bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by woodpeckers / flickers, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness.

Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.

Conenose bugs are bloodsucking parasites that can feed off humans. Bites from conenose bugs sometimes produce allergic reactions, which can be cause for concern in certain individuals. A bite may produce itchy welts or swelling of the tongue, larynx and trachea.

Q-9. I WANT TO TRAP OR KILL WOODPECKERS / FLICKERS MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. Anything that involves climbing up and down roofs may put an amateur in physical harm. Simply killing the woodpeckers / flickers yourself doesn’t do any good, as more will come back later. Woodpecker / flicker prevention measures have to be taken to make sure they don’t roost there again. The woodpecker / flicker waste, insects and nesting material need to be cleaned up, too.

Homeowners may try to take matters into their own hands by shooting and poisoning woodpeckers / flickers. First of all, proper licensing has to be obtained to use any lethal techniques. Shooting a woodpecker is illegal and fines can reach up to thousands of dollars. Illegal use of poisoning can affect pets and people.

Q-10. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S WOODPECKER-PEST CONTROL HELP ME SOLVE MY WOODPECKER-FLICKER PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s bird control specialty is the removal of woodpeckers / flickers from roofs, fence posts, poles and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping, scare tactics, repellent and block-out techniques. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the woodpeckers or flickers will either be relocated or euthanized once they are taken away. Either way, the woodpeckers or flickers will be treated in a humane manner.

If other woodpecker removal methods don’t work, United Wildlife’s woodpecker removal experts may need to return and take care of the problem through lethal methods after we have received special legal permission. Rarely do we have to resort to this, as 95 percent of the time United Wildlife’s woodpecker / flicker experts’ special scare tactics and repellents are effective.

United Wildlife’s woodpecker / flicker control can also provide solutions by temporarily patching woodpecker holes in stucco, wood or metal. At that point, hiring a finish contractor or stucco repair service for a long-term woodpecker / flicker solution is a good idea.

If birds have already died in your air vents, attic or walls or anywhere else in your living or working space, we offer dead  bird removal services and can also help clear odors caused by decomposing woodpeckers. Removing dead woodpeckers / flickers is crucial because the carcasses will attract fly larvae and maggots and cause a nasty odor, sometimes for up to a year. Then, the bugs may travel down into your living or office space once the woodpecker / flicker has fully decomposed. Bugs will search for a new host if United Wildlife insect control does not remove them.

We’re experienced woodpecker / flicker trappers who will travel to any location to solve your woodpecker nuisance.  We can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas and want to perform pest control for woodpeckers by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. Call 1-888-488-1415 for details.  We can also ship traps and equipment to help you prevent woodpeckers yourself the right way. Either way, we will work with you to solve your woodpecker / flicker infestation. There is not a woodpecker or flicker problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s knowledgeable assistance. We’ll do it safely, humanely and correctly.  

Q-11. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S WOODPECKER / FLICKER REMOVAL PAYMENT OPTIONS?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s woodpecker trapping specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per bird, per number of service calls and by time spent on the project. Prices will vary depending on severity of the woodpecker problem. Depending on the number of woodpeckers and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of woodpecker / flicker control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of woodpeckers.

United Wildlife woodpecker experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.

Q-12. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE’S WOODPECKER REMOVERS GET RID OF THE WOODPECKERS-FLICKERS?
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A. After our woodpecker removal experts have taken care of the problem, it is best to contain or properly repair the structure and kill any bugs in your home that the woodpeckers / flickers may have been feeding on. Don’t entice other woodpeckers / flickers to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future feathered friends from entering.

We have special fabrics and repellents that will keep woodpeckers from nesting and pecking on your home in the future. Occasionally, United Wildlife’s woodpecker specialists will need to continue euthanizing, with legal permission, returning to remove more woodpeckers even after the initial woodpecker / flicker removal. This is because some areas are constantly affected by woodpeckers / flickers for prolonged amounts of time.

A great way to combat a woodpecker / flicker problem is to eradicate any insect infestations you may have. United Wildlife’s insect exterminators can help you install an insect control system to keep bugs away so that woodpeckers / flickers will not be tempted by them as a food source.

Do remember that woodpeckers are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the woodpecker removal field, a particular bird situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent damage to your house or business building in the future.

Our mission at United Wildlife is to help identify your woodpecker flicker pest damage. We will remove the existing woodpecker pest and develop a custom wildlife solution to stop or control the woodpecker problem.

In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional woodpecker removal service, any referrals are always appreciated.


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