I have an abundant supply of woodpeckers around my yard which is nice. Down side is several of the Hairy Woodpeckers have decided to take big junks out of the corner post of my screened in porch. Obviously that post must have something yummy in it. Other than throwing stuff at the woodpeckers when they land, is there another way to get them to stop destroying the beam -better yet, a way to kill the food source in the beam without hurting the birds?
Had this problem with windows a while back and had to replace the windows
I am willing to bet that the post has either lots of beetle larvae in it (more likely with a Hairy) or perhaps carpenter ants (favourite of the Pileated, but eaten by some others). This is just my take on it, but I would say that the beam is likely already being severely weakened by whatever is eating at it from the inside "invisibly", rather than the woodpeckers tearing at it to get what is inside.
You could well be right. We have had trouble with both carpenter ants and lady bugs. This beam isn't actually too old -about 10 years maybe. It looks fine from the outside -2 sides are completely visible and the other 2 partially visible.
Is there a bird safe way to get rid of carpenter ants?
This is a good question. I have wondered about this for a while, but I suspect it is a real challenge. I will report back after some searching over the next few days. In the meanwhile, this would be something to look into on your end too.
Thanks Denis. I will see what I can find out.