LESLIE: Heading out to Alaska with Barb on the line who’s got a situation with woodpeckers pecking away at log home. And I imagine woodpeckers probably like your house very much.
BARB: Well, I don’t know if there’s a product that he can help me with, other than just shooting them with a good bullet. But I’m afraid it might ricochet off the building.
TOM: That’d be bad, yeah.
BARB: Yeah. So, what have you got in your repertoire that might help me?
TOM: Well, there’s a couple of things that you can do about woodpeckers pecking away at log home, Barb.
First of all, if you were to take – you basically want to scare woodpeckers away, OK? So if you were to take some strips – long strips – of plastic that could kind of flutter in the breeze – take a Hefty bag or a black garbage bag and cut it into 4-inch strips.
BARB: OK. Yes.
TOM: And tack some of those strips around where the woodpeckers are loving to peck-peck-peck at your house.
TOM: That will have a detrimental effect on woodpeckers pecking away at log home and hopefully break the habit of them coming back to the same spot.
And the other thing that you could do is you could take some tin pie plates, do the same thing. Try to tie them in that area, let them blow around a little bit and that will kind of freak them out, too. What we’ve found over the years is that if you can scare them not to come back to the place that they’re eating away at your house out, then they may be happy to go back into the woods and chew on the trees that are there, as opposed to chew on the trees that were used to build your home with. Does that make sense?
BARB: Oh, that’s a great idea. And sometimes, I tie fishing lures on fishing string to keep the birds from hitting the windows. So, maybe that would be a little bit of a wind activity or maybe some windmills or something.
TOM: Yeah, anything that moves around like that will deter them from coming back to a busy – anything that’s shiny is particularly helpful.