Here I will help you select the best woodpecker deterrent for your particular situation!
The key to success in getting rid of woodpeckers is a quality woodpecker deterrent and/or woodpecker repellent. This page will serve as an ongoing list of the woodpecker products that I find to be effective as well as not-so-effective.
The terms Woodpecker Deterrent and Woodpecker Repellent are often used interchangeably. Technically, deterrents engage the bird’s sense of sight, sound, and/or touch while a woodpecker repellent targets smell and/or taste. But for the intent of our product search, think of them as the same thing.
The best way to ward off these birds is to engage more than one of the bird’s senses. Although not always necessary, this has proven to be one of the most effective methods in woodpecker removal.
It is also important to know why the woodpecker is pecking so you can address any underlying problems such as a bug infestation.
Below I have provided the names and review links to these woodpecker deterrents (in no particular order). While most of these products will get rid of nuisance birds altogether, these deterrents are specifically effective for all types of woodpeckers.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page or contact me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Effective Woodpecker Deterrents and Repellents:
Reflective discs that will scare woodpeckers away for good! My personal favorite.
Cut lengths of this shiny tape to frighten woodpeckers away from your property.
Predator eye balloons scare woodpeckers away with their scary appearance and reflective materials.
Electronic woodpecker devices which use distress calls to ward woodpeckers off.
Feeding woodpeckers will keep them by the suet feeder and away from your house.
Providing shelter for these birds will keep them away. Best when used in conjunction with a suet feeder.
Woodpeckers find this paint’s odor and taste repulsive and will surely not return.
Prevents these birds from accessing the areas they like to damage.
Provides a physical barrier to prevent woodpeckers from pecking anything.
Not-so-Effective Woodpecker Deterrents and Repellents (when used alone):
This stuff will only give you frustration and lead to more damage before inevitably turning to a reputable woodpecker deterrent.
Will repel woodpeckers for a day or 2 if you’re lucky. See the review for a video of a woodpecker pecking on one of these things!
I hope the reviews above will help you choose the best woodpecker deterrent for your needs!
Now head over to the Repair Woodpecker Damage page if you need assistance with fixing any damage they may have caused. You’ll be good as new in no time!
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