Woodpeckers are a common garden pest that don't carry diseases and won't damage your flowers but instead poses a threat to the structure of your house and deck. If woodpeckers have taken up residence in your garden, they may begin to drill their way into your home instead of your trees. This can increase the risk of other pests making their way into your home, as well as speed up the deterioration of wooden sections of your house. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to get woodpeckers out of your garden:
Eliminate Insect Food Sources
The first effective thing that you can do to discourage woodpeckers from taking up residence in your yard and threatening your trees and home is to change the food sources in your yard. Woodpeckers eat insects, and will pursue them wherever they have taken up residence, so if you notice a woodpecker in your garden, you may want to check the wooden parts of your home and deck for signs of insect infestation, including holes and nests. Bees, ants, termites, and other common insects are primary food sources for woodpeckers. If you do notice them in your wooden structures, you should consult an exterminator to have them removed.
Install a Birdfeeder
In order to prevent damage to your home and garden's wooden structures, you may want to consider purchasing a birdfeeder and putting food in it to distract the woodpeckers in your garden. You should purchase suet, which is a type of beef jerky that can be found at most pet supply and hardware stores, and put it into the feeder. This will act as a deterrent and protect your home and deck. Over time, you should gradually move the feeder further and further away from your home to draw the woodpeckers out of your garden.
Scare Them Away
You can also install a number of physical deterrents that will scare woodpeckers away from your home and garden. You can purchase plastic owls and other birds of prey from most hardware stores which will keep woodpeckers (as well as other pests, like rats and mice) out of your garden. You can also install garden decorations like wind chimes and metal sculptures that reflect light or make noise when the wind passes through them to scare away woodpeckers. Other decorations that produce a considerable amount of movement, like windmills and flags, are also good deterrents for woodpeckers.
Contact a company like Beacon Pest Control for more information and assistance.