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Carol Zahn Eberle
Last reply on Nov 12, 2016

What could be eating my wood siding ?

Carol Zahn Eberle
Last reply on Nov 12, 2016

It started with just the corner of a fascia board and now has appeared in a bunch of other places. The fascia is cypress and the shingles are cedar. The only place the damage is being done is on the south or west side of the structure (an "out" building). It looks like it's being chewed. The attached pictures give you a pretty good idea what it looks like.
The house, which has the same siding and is about 50 feet away, is not affected at all.
Any clues and solutions gladly accepted !
Rick Taylor
Moyock, NC

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  • Kelly F
    Kelly F Freeport, PA
    on May 30, 2012

    So Rick- have you decided it is squirrels eating the house? Maybe just try putting a squirrel feeder in the yard? I gather up walnuts every year and put them on the garage floor- the squirrels eat them instead of my tools and wires and wood on the wood rack. LOL I have given up trying to squirrel proof. Now I just feed the damn things!

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on May 30, 2012

    @Becky H. - HA HA - I like your "original" way of spelling knawing!!! @Kelly F. - Somestimes if ya can't beat 'em ya might as well join 'em, right?? I keep telling my other half that it's an impossible task to try and keep the squirrels from raiding our bird feeders so we should just buy dried corn and put it out. It's either that or continue the futile battle of them emptying the feeders!!

  • Shannon Moloney
    Shannon Moloney
    on Feb 22, 2016

    Woodpecker on the shingles. Not sure about the fascia...

  • Cindy Thompson Carrell
    Cindy Thompson Carrell Searcy, AR
    on Jul 27, 2016

    Squirrels are known to eat wood like that - - and lots of other things around here: swing awning, bicycle cover, shingles...

  • Susan Bechamp
    Susan Bechamp West Branch, MI
    on Sep 9, 2016

    When we moved to the rural countryside, I was warned by a neighbor not to side the shed we were building with manmade wood products such as T-11 siding. Apparently skunks and possums like the taste of the wood glue used in these products. Some critters also like the salt from sweaty hands that collects on the handles of yard tools. Ever find the rakes or hoes have been chewed up if left in an accessible spot? Don't store them under the roof overhang. (My overhang is generously sized for a potting bench and garden staging area).

  • Polly Fuller
    Polly Fuller High Point, NC
    on Sep 20, 2016

    a woodpecker did that kind of damage to my shingles when we loved in Indiana.

  • Vanda wright
    Vanda wright Port Charlotte, FL
    on Sep 27, 2016


  • Connie wedding
    Connie wedding Owensboro, KY
    on Sep 28, 2016

    Termites or wood bees maybe? You need an exterminator to take a look. Get one that gives free estimates.

  • Pbthornton
    on Sep 30, 2016


  • Carol Zahn Eberle
    Carol Zahn Eberle
    on Nov 12, 2016


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