Nick Castro, owner of Nick’s Extreme Pest Control in California, has been in the pest control industry for more than two decades and has encountered many strange situations, but his recent discovery has left him stunned.
Castro was called to a house where a woodpecker had been causing damage to the siding by storing acorns in the holes it had created.
“When I cut into the wall to remove the acorns, they just kept coming and coming, non-stop,” said Castro. “I thought the acorns were only about a quarter of the way up the wall, but they were actually piled high up to the attic of the house.”
Castro opened more holes around the house, but the acorns just kept spilling out, totaling around 700 pounds and filling eight large rubbish bags.
According to Castro, the bird had stored acorns all over the house, creating clear woodpecker holes everywhere.
“The bird had completely destroyed the exterior of the house with the holes it had made. Acorns were stored all over siding and trim,” he said.
The bird even put acorns through the chimney stack after making hundreds of holes in the wood siding surrounding it, and then it came through the attic ventilation port holes.
“The bird was crazy,” said Castro. “We actually saw him there when we were there putting more in the holes he created.”
The woodpecker had piled acorns from the lower floor to about 20 feet up into the attic. At Nick’s Extreme Pest Control, they handle all animals humanely and never euthanize, and this case was no exception. The woodpecker was left alone and the homeowners simply patched the holes outside the house.
“All animals are handled humanely and never euthanized,” said Castro. “In this case, the woodpecker was left alone, and the homeowners just patched the holes outside the house.”