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Re: Pileated Woodpeckers

Betsy, just for the heck of it, have someone professional come out and take
a look at your house and see if there is any damage from carpenter ants.....


Betsy Mahtani wrote:

> Denise, Gail, Hank and Bobbie:
> I'm sure the ones in the 100+year old oak in the yard are carpenter
> ants--that's probably what drew the woodpeckers in the first place.  Had
> noticed distortion on one of the branches a couple of years ago, but
> didn't pay it much mind (we are on 2 acres with lots of trees, but only
> three this large).  Last year, first noticed the woodpeckers working on
> that branch and several others, read about them in a couple of my bird
> books, and was able to determine that the distortion of the branch was
> from the tree healing itself after the woodpeckers made their large
> holes to eat the ants.
> Last spring, a few large ants came in the kitchen (I assumed they were
> the carpenter ants from the tree)--lots of tiny ants, which were easier
> to deal with--this year there are a lot.  The baits cut down on them
> drastically, but there are still some coming in, and as I said, was
> worried about the woodpeckers.
> Guess I'd better call Terminix?  Can't even stand to think about
> eliminating that tree; it is a magnificent one, the largest in the yard.
> I'll try the 20 Mule Team Borax in the house, too.  Hank, you mentioned
> dealing with them--do you have any other ideas for doing it?
> Now I'm REALLY getting worried!
> Thanks for your input.  Betsy
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