Letter: Anyone Having an Issue With Woodpeckers in Lakewood?

For the last couple weeks in Lakewood, I get woken up every morning like 6:00 AM to loud woodpecking on my roof. A few of my neighbors said they are having the same issue every morning..

I’ve been living in Lakewood for quite a few years and never had this as consistently. I’ve had it one in a while, but it seems very rampant recently.

I’m just wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same, and if there’s anything that can be done to get rid of this.

Also, does anyone know if they can damage my roof?

Thank you.

A resident with a headache.

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  1. They can smell / hear insects inside the wood, and that’s where they peck they can definitely do damage but to attract them you must have rotten wood caused by water damage which has insects eating the wood. Check your roof for water damage….

  2. This is very common at our house… It’s very normal for the season. I just yell “HEY!!” and they fly off. I’ve never seen any damage to my fascia (metal on the roof). I think its just part of their instinct when looking for insects.

  3. We’ve been hearing it a lot in Howell as well. Think (hope) it’s just in the trees near our home, but yes, it’s been so loud so early in the morning.

  4. It happens to me as well. I can’t pinpoint where they are “pecking”, but it sure is annoying.

    Also, everyone should look out for birds trying to nest in their dryer vents. It can cause a fire with all those twigs and leaves clogging the vent. We had it and I’ve seen birds flying out of neighbors vents.

      • Mesh is not the best idea unless you frequently want to clean it. The mesh traps lint which can also cause a fire. They make “cage like things” that screw in over the standard 4″ vent hoods where the holes are bigger allowing the lint to escape. You can search Amazon for “vent bird guards” and find them.

  5. They are losing more and more of their habitat (i.e., trees) so you might hear them as they search out food from alternate sources.

    They will forage for bugs in gutters so make sure to keep these clean so as to not unnecessarily attract them to your house.

  6. Yes I’m having the same issue. Getting woken up too early. Thought it was in tress but I’m wondering if they’re damaging my house.

  7. just want to point out that woodpeckers consume insects that infest trees and homes, and are actually helpful. you don’t want to get rid of them anymore than you want to poison hummingbirds or shoot songbirds out of the sky.

  8. Woodpeckers can definitely be annoying. My nextdoor neighbor has been knocking on wood as of late, hoping to ward off the woodpeckers from disturbing his sleep.
    Problem is, his wood-knocking is now disturbing MY sleep!
    When I told him to ‘knock it off already’, he told me, “Sorry buddy, but you’re not that high up in the pecking order that I must take orders from you!. But if you want me to knock your block off already, sure, I’m okay with that.”

  9. You can put out a bird feeder using feed that has a mix of basic seed and sunflower seed in the summer. It will keep them away from your house and bring other birds that help to keep the bugs down around your yard. During cooler weather you can put out suet blocks, just don’t use them in the warm weather because they go rancid and could sicken the birds. Last year my neighbors were infested with ticks and spotted lantern flies, I had no ticks and two lantern flies. Also very few mosquitoes while they were constantly spraying for them.

  10. Yep, we have the same problem. I assume its because they knoced down so many tress in my neighborhood. No solution yet. Please share if you find a solution.

  11. Stop building already, every time a tree comes down animals are displaced. It’s almost ironic that the woodpeckers are now coming for our homes. We need to learn to respect nature, not every area of the earth needs to be bulldozed.

  12. In addition to Woodpeckers, bats, fox and raccoons are being displaced by irresponsible tree removal as well. These animals will seek out alternative environments such as your yard or home. Here’s an idea, maybe the Shade Tree Commission should actually have some authority over developers. Petition the town council to change the ordinances so that they actually regulate the developers.

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