pesky woodpecker !

Asked June 23, 2016, 10:22 AM EDT

I live in a cedar home in Baltimore City and a woodpecker has caused extensive damage to my home. I am contacting an exterminator today. However, can you tell me what I should be concerned about while having the problem resolved? Are woodpeckers protected, will a "fake" owl keep the woodpecker away, can you recommend a company that has proven successful with resolving woodpecker issues or are there specific questions I should ask? This is all new territory for me. I am trying to mitigate time and expense.

Baltimore Maryland wildlife woodpecker damage to home

1 Response

There may be several options to discourage woodpeckers but there are no easy answers when it comes to preventing wildlife damage. Woodpeckers are protected. See the links below for more information on woodpeckers http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/woodpeckers-and-sapsuckers
http://icwdm.org/handbook/birds/woodpeckers.asp
We do recommend that you contact the Nuisance Wildlife Information Line. They offer the best ways to deal with nuisance wildlife at 1-877-463-6497. Check out the link from DNR. They maintain a listing of Wildlife Damage Control Cooperators http://dnr2.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/nw.aspx
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