Trust me, I’ve been there and done that. I’ve wasted a ton of valuable time experimenting with a good homemade woodpecker deterrent.
At the end of the day, the time I wasted resulted in significant woodpecker damage!
With how inexpensive the average woodpecker deterrent is today, you’re much better off buying something intended for woodpecker removal than experimenting with stuff laying around the house. Your wallet will thank you in the long run!
- Pros – Free way to try and get rid of woodpeckers.
- Cons – Will almost certainly fail. The time wasted experimenting with these materials will result in additional damage being done.
Items like hanging pie tins and CDs attempt to emulate the effects of the Bird Repellent Discs by reflecting light to scare woodpeckers away. They are both significantly inferior to professional woodpecker products in both quality and durability. These items are not intended to be out in the elements like proper woodpecker deterrents. All of those products are waterproof and built to be outside year round.
Pie tins don’t reflect much light at all, especially compared to an item that is intended to be reflective. I have actually witnessed birds hanging out inside pie tins that were put there to frighten them.
CDs are better than pie tins but they do not reflect the same amount of light as bird repellent discs or bird repellent tape. They are also only reflective on one side. Even assuming that you were able to strip the other side of the cd to make both sides reflective, they will not move like the bird repellent discs because they are not attached to a swivel.
In your attempt to ward off these birds, you’re much better off using a product that was intended for this purpose rather than wasting your time on something that was doomed to fail from the onset.
Head over to the Best Woodpecker Deterrents page for proper woodpecker products that will get rid of your problem for good!
The Repair Woodpecker Damage page also has everything you need to know to fix woodpecker related damage.
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