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Dealing with those $%! carpenter bees and woodpeckers

By Dave Cohen
Posted Friday, July 17, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - For those of you who had their houses punched up by carpenter bees, it's now getting worse as woodpeckers go after the larva in the holes.

I believe I found a solution to that problem at least, and it's cheap - float some mylar balloons near the areas targeted by woodpeckers. I'm using some with cartoon characters with large eyes on one side, reflective silver on the other, and have driven woodpeckers away in two places. The movement, the 'eyes', and the reflection seem to do the trick.

Pick up balloons at the dollar store, or like me get a disposable helium tank (about $30) and some cheap balloons at Party City.

Oh yeah, my house also looks so darned festive now.

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