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.


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. There a multiple species that are found throughout the state of Missouri and are very distinct in there appearance and behaviors. Even though the birds possess remarkably small brains, they are able to accomplish astounding feats. However, they persistently and unknowingly pester central Missouri residents and property owners.


Woodpeckers have distinct characteristics that set them apart from other winged creatures. If you notice a bird or hear birds drilling into trees and wood, it is an easy first indicator. However, depending on the species, it may be difficult to differentiate between woodpeckers. Nonetheless, woodpeckers are easily identifiable. These birds typically: 

  • Have contrasting brown, black and white coloring with varying patterns
  • Have red/yellow markings on their heads 
  • Have long, sharply pointed beaks built for sustained rapping on trees 
  • Can range from 6 inches-17 inches depending on the species


Woodpeckers are common throughout the state of Missouri. Their favorite environments have plentiful trees, as they use the vegetation for nests and as sources of food, making central Missouri a favorable habitat for these birds. Woodpecker nest holes are generally just large enough for an adult to fit through, and are typically housed into the trunks of trees. Though, on occasion, woodpeckers may find shelter in any wood structure they can find, including homes, barns, cabins, and more.  

Woodpecker Problems


Suburban areas and farmlands usually have enough trees and forested land to accommodate woodpecker populations. 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, putting forestation, buildings, and even homes at risk.


Woodpeckers pose no physical threat to humans. Property, on the other hand, is at risk when woodpeckers are present. In addition to creating frequent loud, obnoxious noises, woodpeckers inflict structural damage on the sides of buildings, foundation, porches, 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 decay and death.

Woodpecker Control

Control and Safety

Bird netting is among the most frequently used methods to stop woodpecker populations from damaging surrounding trees and buildings. Scare tactics and similar devices also provide some levels of protection. Such methods may involve the use of shiny, bright, and mobile objects near potentially threatened sites. Exclusion can be difficult though if the birds are well established in the area, in which case, pest control professionals may be the only solution as far as ridding property of the birds for good.

Trapping and Removal

When woodpecker populations get out of hand, contact Critter Control of Central Missouri. 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 Central Missouri office today! 573.560.3028

Central Missouri Critter Control service areas:

Columbia, Jefferson City, Ashland, Boonville, Fulton, Moberly, Centralia, Mexico, Hallsville, Moniteau County, Callaway County, Boone County, Randolph County, Cole County, Howard County, Audrain County, Cooper County

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