The best way to get rid of woodpeckers is to take immediate action when woodpeckers are first heard. It is important to deter the birds as quickly as possible and repair any holes or damage they may have caused.
Visual and audio disturbances are the best methods to employ when trying to scare away woodpeckers. Aluminum foil strips, reflective tape, wind socks and handheld reflective windmills are all effective visual disturbances. These hang from a roof and frighten the woodpecker because they are constantly moving. An audio disturbance such as a motion detector that makes noise can be an effective deterrent. An electronic system that emits a woodpecker distress call followed by the call of a predator was designed especially to scare off woodpeckers.