At our last house we had recurring problems with woodpeckers poking holes in our house (wood siding.) When we heard the pecking, we would thwack hard on the wall from inside the house, if that didn't scare the bird away we went outside and hollered at the bird. Over time a few holes were put into the siding, but so what? No real problem. We are bird lovers so wouldn't hurt the woodpeckers. (Not be be Ash Can-y, but why is the Republican answer to any problem to shoot the problem? ;-) ) Last year while visiting my old home I noticed that the newest owners had put on vinyl siding. I asked why, since the wood siding was in great shape and looked very nice (nicer than the vinyl for sure.) The elderly woman said it was because the birds were pecking at the siding and she didn't like it. So if you are old and feeble and obsessed with appearance I guess paying $10,000 for new siding is a solution. She also chastised me for planting so many daffodils, crocus, tulips, etc. since "bulbs are so hard to kill." Why she couldn't just let them bloom I don't know, they had them mowed down every year. Some people hate nature, some try to coexist.