BeakGuard is an elastomeric acrylic finish that applies to surfaces like standard latex paint, including wood, fiber-cement, stucco, aluminum or vinyl. This compound immediately communicates a warning signal to woodpeckers, prompting them to find a more desirable location. Beakguard offers outstanding durability, extended service life, maximum dirt pick-up resistance and weather-ability in a vapor permeable, flexible membrane with exceptional color retention.
BeakGuard will not harm woodpeckers or any other bird species. The ingredients in BeakGuard are found in many consumer products on the market today - even nail biting and thumb sucking deterrents for children incorporate this technology. The National Safety Council and American Medical Association recommend similar agents be used, along with other safety measures, in products defined as mild to moderately toxic.
One gallon cover approximately 180 sq. ft.
Woodpeckers can't tell the difference between your exterior cladding and dead trees in the forest so it's not uncommon for them to cause significant damage to siding, fascia boards, EIFS and especially those beautiful architectural elements created with foam. Most people attribute this damage to woodpeckers looking for food, but that is rarely the case. Actually there are three reasons these birds peck on your walls:
One, they are looking for food.
Two, they're making a nest.
Three, they're establishing and defining their territory.
It's usually the third reason that creates most damage. Woodpeckers are very territorial. In order to let other woodpeckers know - this is his (or in some cases her) territory, they fly around the perimeter of their domain, usually in the morning, and initiate a series of raps on hollow trees or any other cladding that creates the right sound. And for those of us in the industry - we know that EPS apparently has just the "Right Tone". This behavior is called "drumming" and consists of two or three long brrrrrrrrrrrps. The woodpecker will typically drum in one spot for a minute or so, day after day. It does not take long before a large, irregular hole appears at the drumming site. If the site is EIFS or EPS, it not only becomes a real eyesore it can also create problems with system integrity and water penetration. When a woodpecker is looking for grubs it acts differently and makes small cone shape or a long gallery of holes. If you ever see a woodpecker searching for insects, it will constantly turn its head as if looking for something on the surface. It is actuality listening for grubs feeding in the wall. Then it only makes a hole large enough for its long, thin tongue to catch the bugs. The holes woodpeckers create searching for food are usually less than inch in diameter. A woodpecker will occasionally attempt to excavate out a round nesting hole in the wall, but it's rare and if the wood or surface is solid they usually they give up after a day or two. However, Woodpeckers seem to love foam insulation for a nesting site. And what's worst, even if they peck a small hole and leave, other birds will take advantage of the destroyed lamina and the next thing you know - babies are living in the wall
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BeakGuard may be applied by brush, roller, paint pad or appropriate spray equipment. Thinning of the product is not recommended. BeakGuard should be screened prior to spray application. Back-rolling is recommended when applying over acrylic finishes or other textured substrates. BeakGuard should be applied at a minimum thickness of 16 wet mils per coat. Avoid application of different batches side by side (always box pails from different batch numbers). Check color for proper match prior to application. Ambient temperatures shall be 40F or greater at time of installation, and will remain so for a minimum 24 hours or protection and heat shall be supplemented to ensure proper drying. Typical dry time is 24 hours, depending on climate. Drying time can be greatly affected by low temperatures and/or high humidity. Do not allow product to freeze or allow exposure to rain while drying. Allow additional time during humid and/or cold temperatures.