Tap-tap-tap-tap. The sound of a bird pecking on wood can be a fun invitation to do some bird-watching—that is, if you’re out on a hike in the great outdoors. But if you notice the sound’s a little too close to home, it could potentially mean that birds are pecking at your house. Beyond disrupting your day (or your sleep!), birds can cause damage to your home. But don’t worry. Here’s a quick guide on how to stop birds from pecking on your house!
Get a Handle on Your Home’s “Bug” Situation
Why do birds like woodpeckers peck? It’s not a riddle. Woodpeckers may be interested in your home, because it’s a source of food in the form of insects. If you have a bug problem that hasn’t been addressed yet—or even if you’re simply suspicious of one—you might want to have an exterminator take a look at the problem. A woodpecker problem doesn’t automatically mean your home is infested with termites, but it’s worth looking into—especially if you’ve had bug problems before.
Prune Your Landscape
Woodpeckers and other birds tend to go where they have some comfort and protection—usually in the form of trees. If you live next to a heavily wooded area, you’ll likely notice there are more birds there than where you previously lived.
If you can, prune your landscape by removing trees to keep your yards more open. This is good for grass and plant life, and it will discourage birds from venturing out into open territory where there’s less protection. This is a safe and natural way to keep birds away and help stop them from pecking on your house.
Pay Attention During Nesting Season
Some birds might peck as they search for a great place to nest. This isn’t what you want. Pay special attention to your home and landscape during nesting season, typically during late spring. Check to see if you need to set up additional bird deterrents to keep the birds away. You may even think about finding hollowed out logs and setting them up farther from your home. Birds can find these more favorable spots for nesting—particularly if the log is in a safe and secure area.
Understand How Your House Looks to Birds
One study showed that lightly-colored aluminum and vinyl siding homes are less likely to receive bird pecking damage. While there are more affordable options than re-siding or re-painting your home, try to look at where your house is most affected by birds and understand how it might look to any bird thinking about nesting.
Deter Birds Easily With The WhirlyBird Repeller
You can’t very well overhaul your home and landscape to prevent a few birds from pecking at your house! Luckily, there’s an easier, more affordable option. The WhirlyBird Repeller is a safe and legal spinning bird deterrent designed to keep birds away from your home. Here’s how it works:
- Wind Powered. The WhirlyBird Repeller spins in the wind, with no need for electricity.
- Predator-Shape & Size. The peregrine falcon shape & eyes let the other birds know who’s boss. It’s also relatively the same size as an average falcon.
- Spins, Clacks, Vibrates. As the wind and sunlight constantly change, so does the WhirlyBird. This prevents birds from adapting to the device.
- Humane. Many birds are protected by law. The WhirlyBird Repeller is a humane solution that won’t harm the birds or the environment.
- Easy To Install. You can set up the WhirlyBird Repeller in minutes, anywhere birds are causing you problems.
- Durable. Built to last, we offer product options designed for varying wind speeds.
For a simple and inexpensive way to prevent birds from pecking on your house, pick up your WhirlyBird Repeller today!