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Woodpeckers Drilling Holes Destroy Drywall in Park City Townhome

Posted by animalcontrol on April 7, 2009

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Woodpecker holes lead to costly repairs. Limit the damage by contacting a pest bird removal professional quickly.

Hi, my name is Jim and I am a handyman by trade-you know, the guy who comes and fixes things.  Sometimes I install new things, like finished basements, but most of my work is repairs.  I repair handrails that have been pulled loose from walls, baseboards chewed by pet rabbits, broken cabinet doors because a kid was swinging on them. One of the strangest calls I ever got, though, was drywall repair because of WOODPECKERS!  Yep, I needed to fix several woodpecker holes inside a house.

Let me tell you the whole story.  The homeowner, Lisa, had a townhome.  She started hearing tapping, drilling and drumming noises on the back of her house.  After a while she noticed a hole in the painted trim and found that the birds had built a nest inside the wall which was now full of baby woodpeckers.  As summer progressed the birds didn’t make quite so much noise so she didn’t worry about it. 

Fall came and the birds left.  Winter passed and spring came again.  The birds were back.  They went to the exact same area and set up housekeeping again.  But this time they didn’t just make a hole.  For reasons known only to the birds, they started tapping away inside the walls.  Maybe they just did it for the sound, but they were attacking the drywall from inside the wall.  Drywall isn’t very strong and didn’t hold up well to the pecking.  Before she knew it there was a small hole through the wall, then another, then several…Time to stop woodpeckers before her guest room looked like Swiss cheese and she had birds in the house. 

She started searching for a solution.  Just killing the birds wasn’t an option.  She is an animal lover and besides they are federally protected.  She looked and looked and finally found this website: www.UnitedWildlife.com.  She contacted them and they sent a wildlife control technician who knew how to get rid of woodpeckers here to Park City.  He installed repellants and deterrents.  Fortunately there were no eggs in the nest yet and the birds were chased away, the nesting materials removed and the hole closed up. That is where I entered the picture.  It was the most interesting drywall repair I have ever completed-all those little holes from the inside of the wall out.

The wall looked great when I was done and she used the occasion as an excuse to re-paint the whole room.  It was a good job for me and one I will always remember. Thank you woodpeckers!

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