The woodpeckers are coming! Are you ready?

If you live near Puget Sound, you with undoubtedly start to hear the early morning tap! tap! tap! sound of woodpeckers. Often times, this time of year, these birds choose to nest just below the eaves of your house or anywhere they can find a nice perch and protection from the elements and other predators. The problem is, they will peck out big holes in your siding to create their nesting cavities. Once they are done raising their young, the starlings often occupy the nest site.

Solution: Once you have identified their favorite nesting spot in your home, you can hang shiny, used CDs above that area to keep them away. That tends to work for awhile, if the CD doesn’t blow off in the wind. After having to repair woodpecker holes for three years in a row, we have resorted to installing sheet metal with screws in their favorite spots. The siding is reinstalled over this. The birds tend to return to the same nesting spot year after year, so we hope this will work!