Intimidator Woodpecker Frightening Device
The Intimidator woodpecker frightening device is a new product produced in 2017. This frightening device uses flashing lights and motion to scare woodpeckers away from sensitive areas. Now flashing light (reflections from the sun) have long been used effectively to frighten woodpeckers. For example, Mylar tape has been used for decades. The shiny tape is cut and fastened to a building so that it not only can blow in the wind (which itself is a frightening action) but also catches the sun causing bursts of reflective flashes.
The difference with the intimidator is that it holds up better to the wind. The use of spinners allow it to easily move with the wind’s action and the shiny reflection allows it to flash the sunlight effectively.
Understand that woodpeckers are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. So shooting or otherwise harming woodpeckers cannot be done without a permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife agency. Most states require additional permits from the state level. I say this not to discourage you but to help readers realize that non-lethal techniques like the Intimidator must be used before the government will give you permission to use lethal control on the woodpecker.
So act quickly and use frightening devices as soon as possible. Should you give the Intimidator a chance? Why not? I understand that many professional wildlife control operators have been impressed with the intimidator’s effectiveness for resolving woodpecker problems for their clients.
I would love to hear your comments.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.