Drumming noises? Holes in your wood siding? Woodpeckers pecking and damaging your house? These sounds and damage may well be due to woodpeckers. Call Critter Control today for effective prevention of woodpecker damage.

Woodpecker Description

Distributed widely across the world, woodpeckers are known for their loud food-seeking behaviors. The state of New Mexico features 14 species of the bird. By drilling holes into trees, the birds gain access to a variety of insects. Under most circumstances, they are beneficial to the natural environment. However, when they persistently and unknowingly pester building residents and owners with their incessant hammering, it calls for action.


Woodpeckers typically have red markings on their heads and long, sharply pointed beaks built for sustained rapping on trees. Most common types of woodpeckers also have black and white plumage. The northern flicker is about the size as a pigeon, with a brown back and dark bars and spots. The yellow-bellied sapsucker is about 8 ½ inches in length with a red forehead patch, and a long, white wing patch. The red-bellied woodpecker is about the same size as a robin. Its back and upper wings are barred with black and white feathers, giving a “ladder back” appearance.


Most North American regions are home to woodpecker populations. Their favorite environments have plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food. Woodpecker nest holes are generally just large enough for an adult to fit through.

Woodpecker Problems


Suburban areas and farmlands typically have enough trees and forested land in the general area to accommodate woodpecker populations. Residents of wooden buildings are in particular danger of woodpecker attacks. The nuisance birds are known to drill into structural wood for food as well as to build nests. They drill wood as a social activity, as well.


Woodpeckers pose no physical threat to humans. Property, on the other hand, is at great risk. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, eaves, and trim boards. The size of holes will vary depending on whether the birds are looking for food or constructing nests. Additionally, woodpecker activity leaves trees susceptible to pest insects, infection and disease, and even death.

Woodpecker Control

Control and Safety

Bird netting is frequently used to stop woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees and buildings. Frightening devices also provide some protection. Such methods involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potential drilling sites. Exclusion can be difficult if the birds are well established in the area, at which point pest control professionals may be the only solution.

Trapping and Removal

When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control. Our technicians are trained in humane and thorough pest removal, and are familiar with woodpecker behavior. Turning to our team of wildlife removal specialists ensures all people and birds involved remain free of injury and disease.

We can help you get rid of woodpecker problems.  Call today: (505) 545-8891

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