Check out this great picture of woodpecker damage. As I’ve run the trails this spring I’ve heard a lot of woodpecker activity. Woodpeckers have specialized beaks designed to help communicate territory to rivals and for locating and accessing insects. In most cases woodpeckers prefer dead wood but will make holes in live trees searching for wood boring insects, ants and other insects. The sapsucker will do significant damage seeking insects attracted to the sap. Often you will see damage in horizontal lines and only inches from the previous hole as this picture illustrates!