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If a woodpecker has set their sights on your log home, you need to take action. They will hammer away their hearts' content if you let them. Left undeterred, these birds will destroy the surface of your logs and do serious damage that will require you to bring in professional restoration experts. Before it gets to that point, you should handle the situation yourself. Here's how to go about doing that.
Rent A Scaffolding Unit
You are going to be working high up to deal with the woodpeckers, and it's safer to have a scaffolding unit than a ladder. You can walk around on the scaffolding units platform and use both hands to work with. On a ladder you have to be concerned about falling backwards. You also won't have the same reach on a ladder. You will need to continually reposition the ladder to get to different spots on the wall. So it's better get a scaffold for rent to accomplish this task.
You want to get a sandable wood putty and apply it with a spackle knife. Let it dry according to the instructions on the jar and then sand it so that it is smooth and flush with the logs. After it has dried and been sanded, you should apply the same color stain that you use on the rest of the logs.
Deal With Carpenter Bees (Woodpecker Food)
Many woodpeckers attack log homes because they are searching for food, in this case carpenter bees. If you notice carpenter bee holes, you should address them now. Get a powder that is designed to kill carpenter bees and puff it into the openings using a puffer style insecticide duster. You should not immediately plug up the holes because you want the bees inside that didn't die to crawl out and fly away. If you plug them up they will just burrow out through a fresh hole.
After a day, you can plug up the carpenter bee holes with small wooden plugs that are sold in home improvement shops. Tap them into place with a hammer.
Apply a coat of citronella oil to the surface of the logs. This will help to deter new bees from chewing into the logs. The smell of the oil helps disguise the smell of the wood so that the bees won't be drawn to your home. This is great because no bees means no food for the woodpeckers.
Hang Visual Deterrents
Once the bees are gone, it's a good idea to hang a visual deterrent that is meant to keep the woodpeckers away. Even if the bees are gone, the woodpeckers might keep returning, hoping to find more bees. So you have a few alternatives. One method is to place a faux bird of prey on your roof. The other popular method is to hang small mirrors that will move in the wind and cast a reflection. You can attach these to the fascia or soffit. The idea behind the mirrors is that woodpeckers don't like the sight of reflecting sun. Some people improvise with aluminum pie plates, old compact discs, and other reflective material, but you should get products that are designed to be hung outdoors. They won't fall apart in the rain like your old Pearl Jam CDs, and do you really want to hang pie plates on your house?Share
11 August 2016