How To Stop Woodpeckers Pecking On A House And Repair Their Holes

Learn How People Keep Woodpeckers Off Their Ann Arbor Homes And How We Repair The Holes
Hairy woodpeckers like this one like to peck on houses

Woodpeckers are hard to get rid of. You can find out how people stop woodpeckers from pecking, how we fix woodpecker holes, and more.

Read all about it in the post below-

They’re Like Machines!

“The constant drumming is maddening!” Jason complains.

Sarah sighs and massages her temples. “Tell me about it. We have to do something to stop the woodpeckers from pecking our house. Then we need to learn how to repair woodpecker holes.”

Now it’s Jason’s turn to sigh. “Stopping them will be hard, as will repairing their holes. Most carpenters won’t because it’s such a small job. We’ll need a carpentry service that’ll do these small paint and repairs.” Sarah frowns and shakes her head. “I’m sure we can find solutions to both problems on Google.”

Woodpecker holes that need repairing

Sarah gets out her phone and starts furiously typing questions into Google. Jason comes around to look over her shoulder.

After some searching, here is what the couple finds:

Why Woodpeckers Peck

According to the US Fish And Wildlife Service, woodpeckers peck into trees in search of food, to create a nesting site, to establish their territory, and to attract mates. They drum mostly during spring on metal or wood surfaces that create an echo. It can happen multiple times a day for months at a time. Woodpeckers live in the same area year-round. They’re persistent and not easily shoo-ed away.


For the 14-plus years I’ve lived in our current house I’ve replaced the same corner boards three times. I also hear them pecking at the metal chimney cap. They are creatures of habit and very persistent. – Todd Tribble

How To Stop Woodpeckers From Pecking Your House

The only way to completely stop woodpeckers from pecking a house is to switch exterior materials. Composite materials tend to stop the pecking. You can also hang reflective materials or use fake owls and snakes. These don’t make for the best look, though.

We find that many times woodpeckers return to the same boards. So when the situation fits we recommend replacing the damaged wood boards with a product like Azek or James Hardi. These composite materials are paintable and discourage woodpeckers from visiting the same spots in the future.

The fake predators work until the woodpeckers figure out they’re fake. You’ll have to move them once a week or so to keep up the illusion.

Woodpecker tape or a reflective tape has worked for some clients in the past. You nail the tape to the exterior of your home. It moves with the wind and reflects sunlight which helps keep woodpeckers away. But, over time this will wear through the tape and the tape will break off.

How To Repair Woodpecker Holes In 10 Steps

  1. Assess the damage and determine if the boards need repairing or replacing
  2. If replacing, take measurements of the boards you will need to replace
  3. If repairing, determine based on the size of the hole if you will caulk (small holes) or patch with wood epoxy (medium holes). Boards with large holes need replacing
  4. Cut out or remove the damaged boards
  5. Determine if you are going to replace it with wood or a composite material
  6. Cut the replacement boards to fit
  7. If the replacement boards are wood, prime the boards on all six sides
  8. Install the boards using the appropriate nails, screws, or glue for the situation
  9. Caulk the new boards
  10. Paint the new boards
  • Cat’s claw or pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Wood epoxy
  • Spackling knife
  • Sanding sponge 
  • Pencil 
  • Speed square
  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Cut off saw
  • Sawzall
  • Table saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Utility knife
  • Extension ladder 16-feet to 40-feet depending on the location of the repair
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun
  • Nails and or Screws
  • Screw gun
  • Caulk gun and caulk
  • Paint can
  • Paintbrush
  • 4-inch roller handle and cover

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“Looks like the best solution is board replacement, then putting the reflective tape up,” Jason points out. Sarah nods. “Guess we have to take it one board at a time then. Hey, these guys do wood repair and painting! Maybe we should give them a call.”