Woodpeckers – 3 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Trees

Good evening! This blog was inspired by a problem we’re having with a pileated woodpecker at our house. He’s wreaking havoc on our trees and I was looking for some ways that we could help save our trees before they become too damaged. So, since I was doing my own research I thought maybe other people might have the same issues, so I thought I’d share with you what I learned.


Wrap Mesh Cloth Around the Trunks to Protect from Woodpeckers

Even if the fabric barrier is thin it’s usually good enough to deter the woodpeckers. Once you have seen some signs that a woodpecker is doing some damage to your tree, wrap some thin cloth of mesh around their trunks. This will make them lose interest. After they’re gone, it’s likely safe for you to unwrap your trees.

Scare Them Away

One thing that birds aren’t fond of is reflective surfaces. So hanging shiny objects like old CDs or mylar strips temporarily scare them off. if there are woodpeckers coming to your yard each year, look for some yard decorations that are shiny and metallic that you’re fine leaving up throughout the year. Using reflective tape also works well.

Search for Hiding Spots or Nests of Woodpeckers

After a woodpecker becomes comfortable in your yard, it’s going to be really hard for you to make them leave. So, you want to check the check your trees and your attic eaves to see if you see any signs. They can be rousted out by covering that space using bird netting or chicken wire so they’re unable to land. Eventually, they are going to leave your yard to find better shelter somewhere else.

These are three tips that you can use to help you to drive woodpeckers away and protecting your trees from them. If you are interested, we also offer arbor care. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a great weekend!

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