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Prevent Wasps and Woodpeckers from Damaging Your Wood

Posted 31 August 2018 1:48 PM by Jase DeBoer

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You will have peace of mind knowing your outdoor structure will stand up against termite attack, rot and decay if your pressure-treated lumber is ProWood®. Our treatment process offers superior protection. However, some of Mother Nature’s other creatures may find a way to make their presence known.

Wood decks, pergolas and play sets are wonderful outdoor structures for entertainment and relaxing. But sometimes small critters and wasps enjoy those wooden structures just as much as you do.

We’re here to help you with some simple ways to safely remove wasp nests and prevent woodpecker damage.

*Disclaimer: Reach out to a local pest control management company beforehand for safe and easy best practices.

Wasp Nest Removal:

There are many ways to eliminate wasp nests. Aerosol pesticide sprays are a common solution, however, we recommend using a natural alternative. A homemade natural wasp spray can be created using white vinegar, peppermint oil, dish soap and a shop-vac.

When you’ve decided your method of removal, choose the time to do it wisely. Wasps are less aggressive during nightly hours. Spraying an insecticide will eliminate most of the nest instantly. Keep an eye on the nest activity for the next 24 hours. If wasps come to the nest, spray again. After all activity has ceased, knock down the nest or scrape it away. Dispose of the nest in a trash bag and seal it. Leaving an inactive nest can draw additional unwelcome insects.

Wasps like to build nests in areas that provide shelter. To prevent wasps from returning, you can:

  • Buy wasp traps at your local hardware store
  • Buy decoy nests since wasps are territorial
Prevent Woodpecker Damage:

Woodpeckers have a natural instinct to drum and peck at wood. It’s their way to communicate to other birds and/or search for food, among other reasons. To prevent the drumming or pecking from creating holes in your wooden structure, consider adding one, two or all of these methods to it:

  • Add a wind chime for noise
  • Add bright reflective objects such as mylar strips, a metal pinwheel, old CDs or metal pie tins strung with fishing line
  • Hang a flag in the same area where the woodpecker is drilling
  • Set out decoy birds such as an owl
    • Be sure you’re moving the bird around every couple of days. Woodpeckers are smart and can get accustomed to decoys.
  • Provide bird feed for woodpeckers for an easy food source


We hope these tips help you prevent or deal with pesky invaders on your deck, pergola or other wooden structures so you can enjoy your living space to the fullest. Comment on our Facebook page with other creative ways that you were able to prevent pests.

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