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Dave Downs
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I've been dealing with it for a few years now. The advice I got, that I tend to agree with, is that the woodpecker is not the problem. The woodpecker's food is. Time to replace. No food, no holes.

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sonlived in low mountains in Colorado and the woodpeckers were pecking the knots out of the logs. A pellet gun helps

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48 minutes ago, Dave Downs said:

I don’t see any evidence of bugs in the wood…but I'm not a woodpecker……

Was really surprised by the size of the hole!

I can't say for sure. The hole is not typical of the damage from going after the bee larvae. Around the corner from the hole appears to be a "run" vertically. That is what it looks like when they are getting larvae. I can't say from the picture but the hole the bee makes is usually clearly evident. 

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I believe they hear the larvae. Any unpainted pine board on my barn has carpenter bee larvae and the woodpeckers drill them out. As I rebuild everything gets painted on both sides before going up.

Dave's bird must be hearing something.

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1 hour ago, td9inidaho said:

I had one that was an over achiever , it keeps it up and the tree will fall down 

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That looks like the work of a pileated  

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6 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

That looks like the work of a pileated  

That's the one with the super-long tongue, right?

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29 minutes ago, Steve C. said:

That's the one with the super-long tongue, right?

Bird ol bird, maybe 20" tall.  Red crested. 

 

We had trouble with them when we lived in a pine log cabin.  

I only found one thing that worked, and I can't post about that here.  

(UNRELATED - Y'all check out VTfireman's thread about CZ?)

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