The drilling noises are ways for a woodpecker to proclaim its territory as well as find a mate. This territorial and breeding behavior can be both annoying and damaging. This type of woodpecker damage often comes in the form of small dents in the wood, grouped in clusters. These types of holes are often small, round and shallow. If the woodpeckers are drilling holes for these reasons, they will likely stop once breeding has begun in the spring.
Roosting and nesting holes are another reason for woodpecker’s drilling. This issue is more common in houses that are closer to wooded areas. Holes are usually round and large for a nesting cavity. Woodpeckers drill for nesting holes around late April and May while roosting holes are usually formed in late Summer and Fall in preparation for Winter.
To eat insects that live within the siding is another commonly known reason for a woodpecker’s drilling. This is known as foraging behavior. The types of holes formed in this situation are small and irregular. Woodpeckers are fond of insect larvae and will go after them by drilling perfectly horizontal rows of holes along the siding of a home. If you notice these types of holes on your home’s siding, it is important to get rid of the woodpecker’s food source before the damage continues and gets worse.
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