I hate flickers

These fricken flickers are killing all the trees around my cottage by eating the bottom of the trees I'm desperate. Help.

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Aug 29, 2012
They are eating bugs IN the trees.
by: Jordan

Flickers do not eat the trees themselves but rather peck at it creating holes to get at the bugs INSIDE the tree. This is actually a bad sign the there are damaging insects inside your tree already, most likely a borer. These birds will not attack healthy trees. If you have them pecking at your trees you need to treat the bugs not the birds, because even without the birds the bugs are killing your tree. Bayer systemic Tree and Shrub is a cheap and easy product to water into the ground and the tree will soak it up killing what ever insect is feeding on the inside of your tree. No bugs = no birds.

Oct 16, 2011
Flickers not killing trees
by: Anonymous

The flickers aren't killing your trees. The trees were probably dying from something else and insects took advantage of their weakened condition and set up housekeeping. The flickers are only after the insects.

Apr 25, 2011
flicker damage control
by: Anonymous

I found this online. I hope this can be useful.
Control Methods

Woodpecker damage can be prevented or eliminated with several techniques including visual repellents, loud noises, exclusion, alternate construction materials, providing nesting boxes, and as a last resort, killing. Take immediate action to reduce damage because woodpeckers are not easily driven from their territories or pecking sites once they are established.
Visual Repellents

Preliminary research indicates that 7-1/2 inch diameter shaving or cosmetic mirrors that enlarge the image and hawk silhouette mobiles are successful frightening devices.
Mirrors should be placed on the side of the house where damage occurs (see Figure 1B). Attach one or two mirrors flat to the wood with the enlarging lens outward to frighten woodpeckers. Mirrors may be purchased at drug or department stores.

Hawk mobiles with a wing span of about 22 inches and a length of 11 inches, can be constructed from cardboard, 1/2 inch Styrofoam, or 1/4 inch plywood (see Figure 1A). Paint black or another dark color. Hang one hawk mobile from the eave near the damaged area with monofilament line.
Hawk mobiles
Figure 1: Hawk mobiles (A), 7-1/2-inch-diameter shaving mirrors (B), and black plastic strips (C) mounted near damage sites frighten woodpeckers. Owl effigies (D) generally are unsuccessful.
Figure 2: One method of attachment using hooks and wooden dowels. Adapted from Woodpeckers (1983), by R.E. Marsh in R.M. Timm (ed.), Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage, Extension Service, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Black plastic strips (cut from 4 or 6 mil plastic) 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 to 3 feet long, Mylar strips, pinwheels with reflective vanes, or aluminum pie tins (preferably 12 inches in diameter), may also be placed near the damaged area to frighten woodpeckers. Allow the wind to blow the strips, pinwheels, and pie tins freely. Owl effigies generally are unsuccessful for frightening woodpeckers.

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