There are about 200 species of woodpeckers and many are threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat, with 5 common species here in Southwest Florida. The Red-Cockaded, the Red-Bellied, the Downy, The Common Yellow Flicker, the large Pileated, and Ivory Billed Woodpecker last seen in196, all of these birds can be seen here in Southwest Florida.

The bill’s chisel-like tip is kept sharp by the pecking action, with long sticky tongues, which possess bristles, aid these birds in grabbing and extracting insects deep within a hole of a tree. To prevent brain damage from the rapid and repeated impacts, woodpeckers have evolved a number of adaptations to protect the brain. These include small brain size, the orientation of the brain with the skull and the short duration of contact.

The diet of woodpeckers consists mainly of insects and grubs taken from living and dead trees. This also helps to keep trees healthy by keeping them from suffering mass infestations of insects.

It takes woodpeckers about a month to excavate a hole to be used for nesting. Abandoned holes are used by other birds and mammals. They may aggressively harass potential competitors. In residential areas woodpeckers are known to excavate holes in homes and building eaves and décor. This causes unsightly and costly damage.

Collier Pest Control, Southwest Florida Pest Authority, can keep these nuisance woodpeckers from attacking your home with The Flasher Woodpecker Reflector. The Flasher scares attacking woodpeckers away, keeping your home protected and beautiful. Just a few decorative Flashers attached to the eaves of your home near the areas where the woodpeckers are attacking will keep them away with no harm to the birds.

If you live in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, or anywhere in beautiful Southwest Florida and are being annoyed by attacking woodpeckers, call, 239-455-4300, Southwest Florida Pest Authority for a complete explanation about The Flasher, a woodpecker reflector, or look us up on our web site at collierpestcontrol.com. Don’t let unwanted pests soil your beautiful Southwest Florida live style. Remember, Florida doesn’t have to be shared with pests.