Amazingly, there are over 200 species of woodpeckers in the world. Woodpeckers reside in almost every place on earth that has trees, except Australia. Everywhere woodpeckers and humans reside in close proximity, they can potentially cause damage to wooden structures by their very nature and feeding habits. Woodpeckers can do a hefty amount of unacceptable damage to your Lake of the Ozarks home or business that can cost you a lot of money in repairs. Without a viable prevention plan, costs can incur year after year, quickly adding up. One option, which we will discuss in more detail, is setting up feeding stations to direct woodpeckers away from homes and businesses. You can trust the professionals at Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping to help come up with a strategy custom made for your property, to help prevent damage from woodpeckers.
Woodpeckers in Missouri
Missouri is home to up to seven species of woodpeckers, depending on the time of year. Four species reside here year-round: the hairy, downy, pileated, and red-bellied woodpeckers. The other three species, northern flickers, red-headed woodpeckers, and yellow-bellied sapsuckers, migrate to Missouri for the winter months.
Signs of Woodpeckers
Physical Features and Diet of Woodpeckers
The woodpeckers that live in Missouri range in length from 6-17 inches. They have a variety of features, dependent on species. The one thing they have in common, however, is the tendency to drum – or peck – on trees and other wood structures. Though drumming is useful in establishing territories and locating mates, woodpeckers are not just drumming to make themselves heard. When woodpeckers drum, they are using the sound to locate grubs and other insects inside the wood, just like using a hammer to help find a wall stud. Woodpeckers are important to the health of forested areas, as they mostly eat insects, some of which are timber pests. In order to live in harmony with these beautiful birds, we must adapt our properties to provide acceptable habitats for the woodpeckers that help keep our trees healthy. The professionals at Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping can assist with evaluating your specific needs and adapting a plan to protect your property from woodpecker damage.
Setting Up Feeding Stations
During the winter time, feeding stations can be set up containing beef suet. If properly located, these feeding stations may help prevent woodpecker damage to certain structures by encouraging woodpeckers to feed away from these structures. It is important to note that this is only for winter, as offering suet year round may make the birds dependent of handouts and prevent them from effectively controlling timber pests.
Other Options for Woodpecker Control
When safe to do so away from power lines and walking paths, consider leaving some dead branches on trees in wooded areas to provide nesting areas for woodpeckers. Alternatively, nesting boxes can be set up. It is important to have a professional evaluate your property to determine the species of woodpeckers present, as each species has specific nesting requirements which need to be addressed. Another option is to set up alternative drumming sites, which may be useful in redirecting drumming activity related to territory marking. If woodpeckers are already drilling into siding because of insect activity, tunnels in the siding can be caulked to drive insects out and prevent re-infestation. The professionals at Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping can help with all of these needs and more to prevent and repair damage that woodpeckers cause.
Fun Facts about Woodpeckers
For all of your prevention, management, and repair needs, trust the professionals at Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping. Our experienced team does much more than trapping, and can help formulate a custom plan to protect your Lake of the Ozarks property. At Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping, we put the Wild back where it belongs! – in the Wild.