Woodpeckers are some of the most destructive creatures on the planet. In my humble opinion, of course. They serve their purpose in nature, but wreak havoc on homes and buildings.

We go out on many, many service calls where bats have gotten back into a structure we once had bat free. I would even venture to say that approximately 15% of our clients end up needing a service call at some point of their warranty period. We know this and we do our best to prepare our clients for it. Bat removal is a process, not an overnight success.

We also strive to educate our clients on what constitutes a false alarm call. In addition to things like “Acts of God” (earthquakes that cause cracks in your building or a hurricane that shakes it from the foundation to the roof) or other work being done, the main thing that constitutes a false alarm for us, is woodpeckers.

Woodpeckers and bats are buddies in our eyes. Bats will not gnaw or chew to get back into your building, they will exploit existing holes. Woodpeckers make the holes, the bats see it and say, “don’t mind if I do!”

And odds are, the reason you have a bat problem is because you had a woodpecker problem first that let the bats in to begin with….

We May Have Turned Down Your Job

We have turned down many bat removal jobs because of woodpeckers. If that happens to be you, know that we are sorry. But, we may not have turned you down for the reason you might think.

When we inspect a home or building that has a bat and a woodpecker problem, we don’t want to waste your money any more than you do. Tackling the bats before tackling the woodpeckers is an exercise in futility and a frustration for you and us both.

We refer our clients that have both of these issues to a bird control specialist first.

What Does Woodpecker Damage Look Like?

We recently went out on a false alarm warranty call even though the bats were actively back in the building. This particular project failed to inform us that their woodpecker problem was an active one. They had indicated they got rid of the woodpeckers already. Maybe they thought they did?

We took some pictures for you to show you what woodpecker holes look like and how to spot them. 

We know many people are more afraid of the bats than woodpeckers and that’s why they try to tackle that problem first. If you call a good bat company like Get Bats Out that isn’t just out to take your money, they will tell you this same information.

If you know you have a woodpecker problem, please let your bat removal specialist know. That way you don’t end up with a worse vermin problem or a voided warranty.

Woodpeckers are a problem no matter what part of the country you live in. If you have woodpeckers (or squirrels, but we’ll save that for another day) addressing your problem in the correct order is crucially important.

If you need a referral to a reputable bird removal company, we are happy to give you information on some great companies we work with.

Michael KoskiYour local bat removal expert,

Michael Koski


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  • Steve McInnes

    September 21, 2017 | Reply

    Do you service southwestern ontario?

    • GetBatsOut

      September 26, 2017 | Reply

      We have done work in Canada before. The laws are quite different there than in the US. We would be happy to discuss your situation and see what we can do for you. Give us a call at 877-264-2287.

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