March 19, 1995 in Outdoors

Deter Woodpeckers Nature

By The Spokesman-Review

Tired of woodpeckers perforating the wood siding on your house?

Kansas State University researchers have found that banners festooned with Mylar ribbon are fairly effective at deterring flickers and nuthatches, which are aggressively probing for nesting cavities this time of year.

The material is available from stores that sell helium balloons. The Mylar usually is silver on one side and colored on the other.

Cut several pieces of ribbon 12 to 24 inches long and attach them to areas the birds are attacking. The ribbon is ultralight and flutters in the slightest breeze.

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