Acorns in Woodpecker Holes

Woodpeckers out of control.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control inspectors were surprised by the extreme woodpecker damage found in one suburban home. Woodpeckers had drilled holes directly under the roof fascia board around the entire house. Besides being unsightly, such extensive wood damage can have many unpleasant consequences: water damage, dry rot, and entry points for rodents, termites, and other pests. In this house, some woodpecker holes were stuffed with acorns either by the aptly named acorn woodpecker or by opportunistic squirrels.

No one really knows what goes on in the pea-sized brain of woodpeckers. Biologists posit that woodpeckers drill holes in houses when searching for food or storing food. Why they choose one house over another to tamper with is a mystery.

Woodpeckers are protected by law. The best way to beat them is to repair the damage and then to install bird proofing.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control protects homes from pests of all kinds–including pigeons, gulls, crows, and woodpeckers.