Living in a log cabin gets you closer to nature and the wildlife living in it. But, even nature lovers know that wildlife can wreak havoc on log homes. When home owners think of pesky wildlife, they imagine squirrels, insects, and larger animals that can threaten their safety. Not many log cabin owners know that woodpeckers can actually cause major problems. Woodpeckers are notorious for being obnoxiously loud and will peck at wood during all hours of the day. Here are our two main solutions for keeping woodpeckers at a distance.
Solution 1: Rid your logs of insects
The main reason woodpeckers choose to target log homes is to reach the insects on the logs as well as the insects underneath. If you have insects, that is a problem in itself. Insects chew through wood and cause internal damage to the structure of the log home. To prevent the presence of insects, the log cabin owner should aim to keep a tidy home and wipe down logs every so often. Preservatives should also be added to the logs to prevent moisture buildup and damage as well as keep out annoying insects. If insects are already a problem for your log cabin, adding a biocide treatment eliminates moisture and kills wood feeding organisms. Getting rid of these small home invaders helps to keep woodpeckers away.
Solution 2: Scare Tactics
Not all woodpeckers knock on your log cabin to find insects underneath. Some birds peck to establish territory or to call a mate. To prevent these birds from sticking around there are a few scare tactics that get the job done without causing any harm. Some owners prefer placing items out that scare the birds away, like wind chimes, balloons, fake owls, or shiny deterrents such as aluminum pie plates and foil strips. Other home owners take more long-term approaches such as creating a suet woodpecker feeder or planting berry bushes away from the home. Most of these approaches will get the job done and keep those woodpeckers away from your logs.
Whatever your log home needs are, contact the trusted professionals at LogMedics or call 866.956.4633.