How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers on Trees: 4 Extremely Effective Products

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers on Trees: 4 Extremely Effective Products

Today I will show you how to get rid of woodpeckers on trees with the 4 most effective woodpecker deterrents on the market today.

Woodpeckers typically like to attack dead or dying trees. However, they have been known to occasionally attack living trees, mostly for their sap or fruit.

You will be able to tell if a woodpecker is pecking for sap if it is making many holes in the trunk of a living tree. Woodpecker tree damage from drilling sap wells could be detrimental to the tree’s health; opening it up to potential disease and insect damage. If enough holes are made, the woodpeckers could ultimately wind up killing it. This is why it is crucial to put a woodpecker deterrent in place as soon as possible.

Getting rid of woodpeckers on trees is a little more complex than doing so on houses. Some products typically recommended for houses are simply not practical for this application.

Since woodpeckers normally attack living trees for feeding purposes, these products are geared exactly for that purpose. Our objective is to either scare them away or provide them with an alternate food source.

Below are the 4 best products to get rid of woodpeckers on trees:

  1. BirdXPeller PRO and Super BirdXPeller PRO

These are my two favorite products for woodpeckers that like to drill sap wells in the trunks of tall trees. They are a safe and effective means to scare the birds away while keeping your feet firmly placed on the ground. It can be extremely dangerous using ladders to place reflective deterrents high up in trees.

Both devices are completely programmable. You select the hours and length of operation. The sounds these devices make frighten the birds. Before you know it, they’ll want nothing to do with your trees!

The BirdXPeller Pro is a great product and will cover an area of 1 acre. This should be more than enough if the woodpeckers are only targeting a few trees in a limited region.

If they are attacking trees in a more widespread area, the Super BirdXPeller Pro covers an area of 6 acres. This should be more than enough coverage to get the job done.

  1. Woodpecker Suet Cakes

If the electronic woodpecker deterrents above are not up your ally, try feeding the woodpeckers instead. Providing them with an alternative food source may deter them from attacking your trees for food.

These woodpecker suet cakes are the best ones I’ve come across. I’ve never seen a woodpecker turn one down.

Place one of these bad boys in a woodpecker suet feeder and you’re good to go. I recommend setting up a few of these around your yard.

  1. Bird Repellent Tape

I only recommend these discs if the woodpeckers are after the fruit on the tree opposed to the sap from the tree’s trunk. This is because the trees they like to attack for sap are typically very tall. You wouldn’t be able to place the tape high enough and even if you could, it wouldn’t be very effective due to the sheer size and coverage of the tree.

This tape is extremely reflective and scares the woodpeckers away like nobody’s business. Bird repellent tape is one of the best woodpecker products that can be used on trees because of its ability to be cut into custom lengths.

I recommend cutting about 10-15 lengths of tape which extend at least 1/3 of the way down the tree’s trunk. This particular tape is 125ft long so it should be plenty enough to use for 1-2 trees.

If the trunk of the tree is longer than 20 ft, this may not be a practical solution.

  1. Bird Repellent Discs

Similar to the bird repellent tape, this product should only be used on fruit trees. Primarily shorter fruit trees as the discs are not nearly as long as the tape and therefore, don’t have as large of a coverage area.

These discs are extremely effective in scaring woodpeckers away from your trees. You can guarantee that the birds will be frightened off and will leave the fruit for human consumption only!

These 4 products should help you get rid of woodpeckers on trees. In addition, I’ll teach you everything you need to know to repair woodpecker damage! I’ll show you exactly what to do to fix these holes!

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8 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers on Trees: 4 Extremely Effective Products”

  1. Very helpful information here. My husband keeps suet cakes out to feed the woodpeckers who seem to love them. Have you had problems with the suet cakes attracting even more woodpeckers who then might start attacking the trees instead? Pretty birds but yes, destructive and noisy as well. I personally don’t like having to use the tape simply because it detracts from the beauty of the tree but yes they are effective.

    • I haven’t found that it attracts any more woodpeckers than were already present honestly. It just seems to keep them away from the house. I have 2 woodpecker birdhouses set up by the suet feeders and they just post up out there.

      I agree with you completely on not wanting to put the tape in the trees. It can definitely be an eyesore!

      I’m glad that you find the suet cakes to be effective!

  2. I have never had a problem with woodpeckers, however I have seen where people feed woodpeckers using the same type of stuff you are talking about. I always wondered why anyone would feed a woodpecker. Now I know why. I have also seen trees where they have literately put 50 holes it it.

    • Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people that enjoy feeding all sorts of birds, myself included. However, the suet cakes are a really good way to keep these birds away from your property!

      You’re right about the damage these birds are capable of inflicting! Depending on the reason why the woodpecker is pecking, there can be hundreds or even thousands of holes in a single tree!

      Feeding these birds is probably the most humane way to deal with them if they are attacking your home or trees for food. Not only will this keep them away, but you’ll be doing a really nice thing for your local woodpeckers.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • I tried the suet. Unfortunately, it attracted one of the local 300 pound bears who trashed my yard and other feeders and broke open the suet feeders and took off with the suet. There must be some way to get rid of those dive bombers while not scaring away the more desirable birds. My trees are mostly oaks and cypress.

        • I’m sorry to hear about your unfortunate encounter with the bear. I would recommend either setting up a woodpecker birdhouse far from your home or using this electronic woodpecker repellent that is specifically designed to repel woodpeckers and sparrows. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance!

  3. I never would have guessed that a small little wood pecker could kill a huge tree.

    I like the idea of the tape hanging in the tree to frighten the birds away from the fruit. Do these tapes work on all birds or only on woodpeckers? I would like something to stop the birds from getting to our peaches before we do.

    • Those woodpeckers are definitely deceiving. They may appear harmless but believe me, those birds can kill even the biggest of trees!

      The tape is a great product for sure! It works on all sorts of birds and is marketed more as “bird tape” than “woodpecker tape.” Hang a bunch of this tape up in your trees and keep the peaches for yourself!

      If you have any other questions or concerns, please let me know. I’m always here to help!


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