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.


Woodpeckers are common across North America, and Denver is no exception. Known for their loud food-seeking behaviors, woodpeckers are known for drilling holes into trees, homes, barns, and other wood structures in search of insects. These birds are also known to "peck" or drill for shelter and leisure as well, persistently and unknowingly pestering building residents and property owners.


Woodpeckers vary depending on species and region. The most common, and likely to spot in the Denver area, typically have the following characteristics.

  • Red or orange markings on their heads 
  • Long, sharply pointed beaks built for sustained rapping on trees
  • Black and white plumage
  • Grow anywhere from 6 inches to about 15 inches' long
  • Can weigh up to 14 ounces, which is comparable to the size of crows 


As most North American regions are, Denver is home to a wide-spread woodpecker population. Their favorite environments include forest covered regions with thriving trees and vegetation. These birds favor such habitats due to having plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food. A woodpecker's nest hole is generally just large enough for an adult to fit through, and generally houses anywhere from 2-8 birds depending on the tree, and species of woodpecker.



Suburban areas and farmlands typically have enough trees and forested land in the general area to accommodate woodpecker populations. Residents of wooden buildings are in particular danger of woodpecker damages. The nuisance birds are known to drill into structural wood for food as well as to build nests. They drill wood as a social activity, as well, causing significant damage to property. 


Woodpeckers do not pose a physical threat to humans, but do not hesitate to damage property when in search of food and shelter. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, foundations, porches, trim boards, and more. 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 decay.


Control and Safety

Bird netting is a frequently used method of stopping woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees, buildings, and other property. Frightening devices may also provide some protection. Such methods involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potential drilling sites. If the birds are well established in the area, it may be very difficult to eradicate the situation, at which point pest control professionals are the only solution.

Trapping and Removal

When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control of Denver. 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 harm.

We can help you get rid of woodpecker problems!  Call the Critter Control of Denver office today!  303.536.7762

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