Drumming noises? Holes in your wood siding? Woodpeckers pecking and damaging your house? These sounds and damage may well be due to woodpeckers. Call Critter Control today for effective prevention of woodpecker damage.

Identify a Woodpecker

Distributed widely across the world, woodpeckers are known for their loud food-seeking behaviors. By drilling holes into trees, the birds gain access to a variety of insects. They persistently and unknowingly pester building residents and owners.

Appearance & Habitat

Though there tedious knocking noises are usually dead giveaways, woodpeckers have very distinct features. Woodpeckers typically:

  • Have red, orange, or yellow markings on their heads
  • Have long, sharply pointed beaks built for sustained rapping on trees
  • Have black and white plumage.
  • Grow between 6-15 inches long
  • Weigh up to 14 ounces 
  • Have distinctive red, orange, or yellow crest markings and mostly black and white bodies, which display varying white stripes

Most North American regions are home to woodpecker populations, and Oakland has its fair share of woodpeckers. Their favorite environments have plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food. Woodpecker nest holes are generally just large enough for an adult to fit through, and nests may house up to 7 birds.

Woodpecker Problems


Oakland, and its surrounding areas, have more than enough trees and forested land to accommodate woodpecker populations. Residents of wooden buildings are in particular danger of woodpecker attacks. The nuisance birds are known to drill into structural wood for food as well as to build nests. They will even drill wood as a social activity, as well.


Woodpeckers pose no physical threat to humans. Property, on the other hand, is at great risk. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, eaves, and trim boards. The size of holes will vary depending on whether the birds are looking for food or constructing nests. Additionally, woodpecker activity leaves trees susceptible to pest insects, infection and disease, and even death.

Woodpecker Control

Control and Safety

Bird netting is frequently used to stop woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees and buildings. Frightening devices also provide some protection. Such methods involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potential drilling sites. Exclusion can be difficult if the birds are well established in the area, at which point pest control professionals may be the only solution.

Trapping and Removal

When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control of Oakland. Our technicians are trained in humane and thorough pest removal and are familiar with woodpecker behavior. Turning to our team of wildlife removal specialists ensures all the people and birds involved remain free of injury and disease.

We can help you get rid of woodpecker problems!  Call the Critter Control of Oakland office today! 925.380.2400 or 925.363.9336

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