Whacking Woodpeckers — Not Your Best Idea
Posted by animalcontrol on August 25, 2009
When people want to get rid of woodpeckers they can become quite desperate and decide to take matters into their own hands—literally. That rat-a-tat-a-rat noise makes people a little crazy. I have had people within Salt Lake City limits remark how hard it is to shoot one of those little buggers on the wing. I have even heard people say how very difficult it is to strangle one because their necks are so strong. This is not good. This is not the way to get rid of woodpeckers.
I understand that these birds make life very difficult. The mental damage is enough, but the physical damage to your home or business building is hard to live with, too. The holes woodpeckers create allow other animals, from mice to honeybees, to move in. So your house becomes a veritable zoo, full of all sorts of critters. The holes allow the extreme Utah weather in and all that effort at insulation and other maintenance goes completely to waste and your utility bills go up along with repair bills that can mount to the thousands or even tens-of-thousands.
But, all this still doesn’t make do-it-yourself lethal woodpecker control a good idea. Killing a woodpecker without a federal kill permit, permission from your state Division of Wildlife and in conformance with your local ordinances will bring down upon you the wrath of all sorts of people along with very hefty fines. If you get rid of woodpeckers the wrong way you can expect to pay at least $500 and spend up to six months in jail. It isn’t worth it.
So, what can you do? There are non-lethal woodpecker control methods. Often, it is possible to get rid of woodpeckers without killing them. Your odds are better with professional help. If not, hire a person who has been there many times before. Negotiating three levels of regulation, bureaucracy and paperwork is difficult. Woodpecker control professionals can assist you if you must obtain a kill permit. Either way, keep your hands clean—someone else can do the dirty work for you—and keep it legal, too.