Woodpeckers have been common pests of the residential home since the founding of America. The nationwide menace can wreak havoc on the exterior of the home, drilling holes and exposing the interior. While woodpeckers generally stay in forested areas, they have been known to follow the practices of other birds that have adapted to manmade environments and attempt to feed to nest in commercial or residential locations.
Sometimes nothing more than a nuisance due to the loudness of their pecking, it’s expected and understandable you would want to remove these pests whenever possible. There are some forms of netting that can keep woodpeckers from returning to the same spot. While effective, this netting is not aesthetically pleasing and can be cumbersome and difficult to maintain. In the same way, models of woodpecker predators can be cumbersome, aesthetically displeasing and often ineffective in driving away the woodpecker.
Brightly colored animated objects, such as windmills or plastic twirlers, have been proven effective. The bright colors and motion is effective at deterring the birds. Though dependent on wind and not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, they have been shown to scare woodpeckers off.