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A female downy woodpecker has already made her presence known. (Steve Maanum / For the Enterprise)

From Backyards to Backwoods: Keeping the woodpeckers off your home

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If you have ever seen a pileated woodpecker attack a tree in search of carpenter ants, you know the damage they can cause.

I get a headache just watching them. It's one thing to be pounding on a dead or dying tree. After all, it's part of nature's cycle and the holes created in the process can be used by many other animals, but what if these large prehistoric looking birds are pounding on your house?

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