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Problem Nuthatcher Pecking

I have small NUTHATCHERS pecking at the wood siding on my home. They do this in the spring and fall. I know it is not termites so I am assuming they are using the material to make their nests. How can I make them stop??? They are driving me nuts. Please answer soon! Thank you, Lilly Steffey

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Hi Lilly:

Are you sure the birds that are pecking on your house are nuthatches? The birds that do this are usually woodpeckers. Woodpeckers often drill on houses to announce to other woodpeckers that this is their territory, and to attract and keep mates. In other words, the tapping is the woodpecker's song.

Regardless, the solutions are the same: There are many way to keep woodpeckers from drilling on houses, including scaring them with noise, hanging shiny strips of mylar, tinsel, aluminum, or metal. Using silhouettes of owls and hawks, or to cover the area with netting or wire. There are chemicals on the market, as well, but I don't think they work.

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