Pecking Away At My Sanity

[wfmwbannerKRISTEN.jpg]Kristen over at We Are THAT family decided to shake Works For Me Wednesday up. Today, instead of sharing something that works for us, we are to present a dilemma and ask you, the loyal blog fan for a solution.

Typically, when I have a problem, I consult nag McDaddy. He is quick to fix whatever it is that needs fixing around here. Usually, he has the problem fixed before I know there is even a problem.

That was not the case today. And, since he is unavailable, I had to consult my trusty friend, Google.


Google is a good friend to have because he is always available and if he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll point you to someone who does. Today, I paid him a visit and typed…
“Woodpecker driving me insane”
Yup, you guessed it. I hit the jackpot.
Since moving into the McResidence six years ago, we have contended with Satan’s jackhammers. Apparently, the wood siding attracts Woody and his friends to this joint in the same manner that the Octomom is attracted to a media camera. Let me just say the pecking is driving me insane.
I have often heard that woodpeckers peck on surfaces when they are looking for insects. After a bit of research I discovered that is not always true. It seems that male woodpeckers use their incessant pecking to find a mate. And, as luck would have it, female woodpeckers are attracted to the male with the most impressive peck.


In other words, male woodpeckers delight in hammering those surfaces which produce the most buck for their bang.

Apparently, this is where the McResidence fits in. For some reason, the dumb bird finds our home more appealing than say… something like tree bark.


I got the following info from the WV DNR Web-site…

Woodpeckers are most noted for their stout, chisel-like beaks which they use to drill holes in trees to obtain food or make a home. The beak is also used for drumming, which is the male’s way of signaling to his mate or declaring his territory to other woodpeckers.


Watching the force with which the woodpecker strikes the tree, it’s amazing that the bird can hold on. Its toe arrangement, two toes facing forward and two backward, gives the woodpecker a solid base on which to cling to the tree. Its sharp claws dig into the wood, and its stiff, square tail feathers braced against the tree act as a support prop.


Even the woodpecker’s skull is specially designed to withstand repeated blows and to protect the bird’s brain from concussion. Unlike other birds, the bones between the beak and the skull are joined by a flexible cartilage, which cushions the shock of each blow.

Just before losing my mind, I walked over to the wall, bang on it and shout like a lunatic, “SCRAM”

The stupid tormentor stops.

I exhale but within seconds, the stupid thing is back and is pecking away at the exterior of our home.

So, instead of pulling my hair out. I wait.


I wait and I hope like heck that this stupid bird finds him a mate and that the two of them fly off into the wild blue yonder for their happily ever after.
And, I make a mental note to talk to McDaddy about the timely replacement of the wood siding with new, fabulous, quiet, vinyl siding. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to think of some humane way to get rid of Woody and his pecking posse.
Because in WV it is against the law to shoot them.


Stupid bird. Any ideas?


  1. Beth says

    My BIL and SIL had this issue on their house and the birds were damaging the siding. They hung pieces of some sort of shiny paper strips from the eaves. Supposedly the birds don’t like the shiny paper or the fact that they move. It worked for them. If you need more info, I can contact them and find out exactly what it was they used – it’s got to be something durable to withstand the weather.

  2. says

    Check with Green’s Feed & Seed in Chas. If I am not mistaken they carry these shiny strips that Beth talks about. I had a friend who had this same problem but with a Cardinal (it was flying into her sliding glass doors on her patio) and the DNR suggested these strips (because you can’t shoot the State bird either). They worked for her – hopefully they will do the same for you.

  3. Julie says

    Hang a couple of aluminium throw away baking pans – they don’t like the banging noise they make + they are scared of the shininess! Good luck 🙂

  4. says

    When I was younger we had a woodpecker that really liked the chimney… the METAL chimney. I am not convinced he was the smartest bird the world has ever seen. Anyhow, we got a big plastic owl and put it up on the roof and that took care of the problem.

  5. says

    Okay, we’ve had problems with a woodpecker pecking away at our wood trim on our house-right outside our bedroom window, no less! We hung a piece of aluminum foil over the hole-about 2 years ago, and it’s still there! But the best part-no woodpecker anymore!

    Another thing we heard is that if you hang fake spiders from your eaves or something, that should help. My arachnophobia wouldn’t allow for that, so we stayed with the foil.

    Good luck!

  6. Jean says

    We’ve had a pecking Woody, too! Right outside our bedroom window at the top of the house — the house with the vinyl siding at the top, that is. This guy sounds like a jackhammer at work! I didn’t hear him this morning; so, I’m hoping he’s found himself a sweet Woody and that they are off to Pecking Paradise together — WAY off! Hope you get rid of your visitor. 🙂

  7. says

    Sorry this is a few days late (ok, nearly a week but who’s counting) go to the toy section and get a couple of rubber snakes, black ones, not the bright cherry ones, hang them near where he is pecking and he’ll disappear. I had the same problem years ago, on my aluminum siding no less, and I haven’t heard a woodpecker on the house since I draped the snakes around. Good luck.