Woodpeckers, while beautiful to look at, are not that entertaining to listen to. Why do woodpeckers peck on your house, when there is a perfectly viable tree nearby? Woodpeckers peck for a variety of reasons, but with the proper sonic deterrent device, you can keep them off your home and away from your yard for good!
Why Woodpeckers Peck
One of the main reasons for large holes is to create a nest or roost hole. If a woodpecker is trying to create a nesting area, the hole will be large and round.
These usually are built at the start of their breeding season, which is around April-May. If you find a nest, do not remove it. Do not disturb nests that have already been built for the upcoming season. Wait until after their nesting season ends to remove the nest. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 made it illegal to interfere with an “active nest,” protecting over 800 birds in North America.
Another reason woodpeckers make holes in the side of your house is to store food. Acorn woodpeckers are a prime example of this behavior; they can peck dozens, sometimes hundreds of holes in homes or trees, storing single acorns in each small hole.
Alternatively, they may be pecking because they are looking for food. If this is the case, the holes will be small and asymmetrical. The larvae of certain bees and bugs are especially appetizing to woodpeckers, which may be cause for concern and a call to an exterminator. These holes could be a blessing in disguise if they alert the homeowner of a bigger issue like insect infestation.
Lastly, woodpeckers may be pecking incessantly on your house because they’re proudly proclaiming “I am woodpecker, hear me roar!” This type of behavior is not done when they are looking for insects. This is a frustratingly loud drumming tap that woodpeckers do to mark their territory and show off before a breeding season begins.