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Whacking Woodpeckers — Not Your Best Idea

Posted by animalcontrol on August 25, 2009

woodpecker damage

Woodpeckers cause mental distress, physical destruction, and invite mice, insects and other animals into your building.

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.


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Flying Rats (AKA Pigeons) in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on July 6, 2009


Pigeon control will reduce the health risks imposed by pigeon droppings.

When I tell people I am looking for pigeon control options, they often say things like “but pigeons are cute” and “what did the pigeon to do you?”  Well, one of my children has asthma and that makes it very serious. 

We live in an apartment building in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Pigeons like to roost on the roof of the complex.  The problem, besides the noise and filth on the ground and around the building all the time, is the nests.  Pigeons poop in their nests all the time.  In fact, the nests are mostly disease ridden piles of poop from what I can see.

The poop dries out and combines with all the other junk in the nest and gradually becomes very powdery.  When the wind blows or anything disturbs the nests all that dust starts to move around.  It comes down the vent pipes for the bathroom.  It is sucked in through the air conditioner.  It filters in through the windows.  Basically, my apartment is full of pigeon poop dust all the time.

If you know anything about asthma, you can image what this does to my daughter’s breathing.  I can’t believe how much more often we need to do breathing treatments and use her inhaler.  It took me a while to figure out what was going on.  I just thought maybe she was growing or a change in the seasons or something.  Now that I am sure I know, I am going to the manager and demand that something be done to control the pigeons.  My daughter’s health and the health of us all is at stake.  They have to get rid of these nests and control the pigeon problem in the future.

You might say it is just my opinion and unfair to the birds, but you don’t live with the beasts.  I am sure that something can be done to control the pigeons and make this a nice place to live.

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Get rid of Pigeons in Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on June 30, 2009

Years ago I heard this crazy song by a guy named Tom Lehrer:  Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.  

The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

The best, most effective, most humane way to get rid of pigeons is to trap them and remove them from the location.

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring. I do, don't you?  'Course you do. But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me, And makes every Sunday a treat for me.   All the world seems in tune On a spring afternoon, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park. Every Sunday you'll see My sweetheart and me, As we poison the pigeons in the park.   When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide, But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide. The sun's shining bright, Everything seems all right, When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We've gained notoriety, And caused much anxiety In the Audubon Society With our games. They call it impiety And lack of propriety, And quite a variety Of unpleasant names. But it's not against any religion To want to dispose of a pigeon.   So if Sunday you're free, Why don't you come with me, And we'll poison the pigeons in the park. And maybe we'll do In a squirrel or two, While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.   We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment, Except for the few we take home to experiment. My pulse will be quickenin' With each drop of strych'nine We feed to a pigeon. (It just takes a smidgin!) To poison a pigeon in the park.

You can see videos of a performance and all that stuff on YouTube, but be warned, the song is very catchy and will get stuck in you head.  I mention it because I find the song in very poor taste, yet find myself humming it from time to time. 
Lately, that has happened more because I have some pigeons I need to get rid of and, while I wouldn’t do this myself or recommend it to anyone, pigeons can make a person pretty desperate.
I live not too far from one of Salt Lake City’s great parks. I often see people feeding the birds there during the day and sometimes I just want to shout at them “Stop it!!! You are encouraging them!!”  The birds might eat in the park, but some of them roost on my house and they are driving me crazy.
I want to get rid of pigeons in the worst way.  I don’t want to poison them, but what are my options.  How can I get rid of the pigeons that are roosting on my house?

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Pigeon Problems in Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by animalcontrol on April 30, 2009

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Pigeon droppings accumulate quickly. A person could easily spend the rest of his life continually cleaning up after them. A professional trapper will get rid of them.

You should know right away that I hate pigeons.  Oh, I know that they are God’s own creation and probably play some important environmental role and all that, but when all is said and done, I hate them! 

Why do I hate them?  Well, I never really liked them because they are noisy, pushy, dirty creatures that remind me strongly of some people I have known.  But, it didn’t really turn to hate until the birds took over my building in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Each day as I walk out of my building, I have to dodge pigeon poop.  There are two nests just above the front stoop of the building.  The building hires a service to come twice a week to clean the mess off the stoop, but there is always a number of slimy messes to step around.  And it isn’t just poop.  There are feathers, bits of food, egg shells and bugs. When you look down and see what is on the steps, you are tempted to look up to see if a bird is taking aim, but then the mess just might end up on your face, and that would be too much. 

All those eggshells mean more birds soon and I don’t want the ones that are there already let alone any more of them. 

The building had the exterminator install spikes on the ledge that were supposed to solve the pigeon problems by driving them away.  It didn’t work.  The dumb birds roost there anyway and just work around the spikes.  I guess the job must not have been done correctly, because those things are supposed to work.  

The final straw is that I need to sell my place, and who, especially in today’s market, is going to take a second look, when their first look is the rear end results of a pigeon?

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Woodpeckers Drilling Holes Destroy Drywall in Park City Townhome

Posted by animalcontrol on April 7, 2009

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Woodpecker holes lead to costly repairs. Limit the damage by contacting a pest bird removal professional quickly.

Hi, my name is Jim and I am a handyman by trade-you know, the guy who comes and fixes things.  Sometimes I install new things, like finished basements, but most of my work is repairs.  I repair handrails that have been pulled loose from walls, baseboards chewed by pet rabbits, broken cabinet doors because a kid was swinging on them. One of the strangest calls I ever got, though, was drywall repair because of WOODPECKERS!  Yep, I needed to fix several woodpecker holes inside a house.

Let me tell you the whole story.  The homeowner, Lisa, had a townhome.  She started hearing tapping, drilling and drumming noises on the back of her house.  After a while she noticed a hole in the painted trim and found that the birds had built a nest inside the wall which was now full of baby woodpeckers.  As summer progressed the birds didn’t make quite so much noise so she didn’t worry about it. 

Fall came and the birds left.  Winter passed and spring came again.  The birds were back.  They went to the exact same area and set up housekeeping again.  But this time they didn’t just make a hole.  For reasons known only to the birds, they started tapping away inside the walls.  Maybe they just did it for the sound, but they were attacking the drywall from inside the wall.  Drywall isn’t very strong and didn’t hold up well to the pecking.  Before she knew it there was a small hole through the wall, then another, then several…Time to stop woodpeckers before her guest room looked like Swiss cheese and she had birds in the house. 

She started searching for a solution.  Just killing the birds wasn’t an option.  She is an animal lover and besides they are federally protected.  She looked and looked and finally found this website: www.UnitedWildlife.com.  She contacted them and they sent a wildlife control technician who knew how to get rid of woodpeckers here to Park City.  He installed repellants and deterrents.  Fortunately there were no eggs in the nest yet and the birds were chased away, the nesting materials removed and the hole closed up. That is where I entered the picture.  It was the most interesting drywall repair I have ever completed-all those little holes from the inside of the wall out.

The wall looked great when I was done and she used the occasion as an excuse to re-paint the whole room.  It was a good job for me and one I will always remember. Thank you woodpeckers!

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Pigeon Removal: Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by animalcontrol on February 20, 2009

pigeon cage

Pigeons are best controlled by trapping. An expert pest bird removal job will be done with the right traps, approproate bait, and a thorough clean-up.

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Pigeon problems are one of the most common complaints we receive here at United Wildlife from property owners.  These problems are made more complicated when some people have a different idea about what ought to happen to the dirty birds.  This is an e-mail I recently received from a worried woman in Salt Lake City, UT: 

“We have pigeons living in our attic. My father is a stubborn man who refuses to understand they have made a huge family and are living up there. This past summer he did not want to remove them because they had babies and my father didn’t want to “kill” them. I need to know how much you charge for pigeon removal. I am concerned on the health of my family. Sarah T.”

I can surely understand her concern; these birds are truly dirty birds and pose significant health risks, both physical and mental. They carry and transmit an amazing variety of diseases from histoplasmosis to West Nile Virus. 

I am certain the family is huge, since they have been there a few years.  They multiply rapidly.  A single pair can raise four or five batches of babies each year. Very quickly the noise and mess associated is more than enough reason for most people to want pigeon removal.

But how do we respect the father?  Exclusion is an option, using various repellents, but trapping is the most effective method of pigeon removal and can be done quietly, often without people even being aware it is going on.  It takes a few weeks, but suddenly the birds are gone. 

There will be a lot of mess to clean up.  We can help with that, too.  No pigeon removal is complete until every memory (and attractant) of the birds is gone.  Cleanup requires hazmat equipment like masks and specific disposal techniques to keep everyone safe.  The odor and bacteria will even be gone after we use our enzyme cleaners and experience to return your home to normal.

Home repair and maintenance are the final step.  The animals got in somehow and if you do not replace that broken vent, or tighten that soffit you will be doing another pigeon removal next year.

If you need bird control from a professional who will be considerate of the feelings of all family members, call me at United Wildlife 1-888-488-1415 or check out our website for more information:


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