That wasn’t a woodpecker – stucco damage

Just when you think you’ve seen it all … I was at a property in Saratoga Springs the other day. The client and her friend were there, and we were inspecting¬†a property near a golf course. Inside, the place had been completely gone through, and it was gorgeous. Of course I told them about that that meant to me – newly updated properties can indicate some red flags, but that’s a subject for a different day. We had a stucco wall on the north exterior. It was that tannish color that many of us like, and it was covered with about a half dozen patches. They were spaced in a random pattern, so I knew it was not a water issue or something like that. I mentioned to the client that when patching stucco, you pretty much have to do the entire face because you can never match colors that well. In this case, they didn’t “match” at all. It was tannish – I’ll give them that. So I saw the diameters of the patches, and of course I’d seen it before. I launched into telling my client that it was woodpeckers. I have seen that in the Lehi area before – woodpeckers that have apparently pecked too many trees and damaged their little bird brains. Then they start pecking stucco. Why? Probably for the same reason my dog runs while he’s sleeping – teenagers don’t have all the damaged brains – critters have them too. The client’s sister quickly agreed, and started telling her own stories about how she has woodpecker issues at her home. I mentioned that...