DIY Solutions for Keeping Woodpeckers Away from Your Siding and Roof

Woodpeckers can be a nuisance when they start pecking on your siding and roof. Not only can their drilling create unsightly holes, but it can also lead to structural damage over time. If you’re tired of dealing with these persistent birds, there are several DIY solutions you can try to keep woodpeckers away from your home. In this article, we will explore some effective methods that can help you get rid of woodpeckers and protect your siding and roof.

Understanding Woodpecker Behavior

Woodpeckers are attracted to homes for various reasons, including the availability of food, nesting opportunities, or simply because they mistake the sound of their own drumming for a potential mate. It’s important to understand their behavior before trying any deterrent methods.

One common reason woodpeckers choose to peck on houses is because they are searching for insects or larvae within the wooden structure. They have excellent hearing and can detect movement beneath the surface. If your home has an infestation of insects or other pests, it may be attracting woodpeckers as well.

Physical Deterrents

Physical deterrents are among the most effective ways to keep woodpeckers away from your siding and roof. One option is to install bird netting or mesh over the affected areas. This will create a barrier that prevents the birds from accessing the surface while still allowing air circulation.

Another physical deterrent is reflective tape or shiny objects such as aluminum foil strips. Woodpeckers are deterred by flashing lights and reflective surfaces, as they mimic the appearance of predators or fireflies. Attach these items near the areas where woodpeckers tend to peck, such as corners or eaves.

Audio Deterrents

Woodpecker distress calls and predator bird calls can be effective audio deterrents. These sounds mimic the presence of a predator, which scares woodpeckers away. You can find recordings of these calls online or purchase electronic devices that emit the sounds at regular intervals.

Another audio deterrent option is wind chimes or bells. The noise created by these objects can be enough to deter woodpeckers from approaching your home. Hang them near the affected areas, and their constant movement and sound will help keep the birds away.

Habitat Modification

Modifying the habitat around your home can also discourage woodpeckers from visiting. Start by removing any dead trees or decaying stumps in your yard, as these are attractive nesting spots for woodpeckers. Trim branches that are close to your house, as they provide easy access for the birds.

Additionally, consider installing a bird feeder away from your home. This will divert their attention and provide an alternative food source, reducing their interest in pecking on your siding and roof.


Woodpeckers can cause significant damage to your siding and roof if left unchecked. By understanding their behavior and implementing effective DIY solutions, you can successfully keep these birds away from your home. Remember to try physical deterrents like netting or shiny objects, use audio deterrents such as distress calls or wind chimes, and modify the habitat around your property to discourage woodpecker activity. With persistence and patience, you can enjoy a woodpecker-free home while protecting its structure at the same time.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.