Crazy pest related laws

Did you know that a city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits in California? Thank God for our wonderful bureaucrats and elected officials. I’m sure we’ll all sleep so much better tonight knowing that no evil doer would ever risk a $500 dollar fine and thus dismantle his warhead immediately and forever more blend in with society as a productive member. HA!

Well since this is a pest control blog I thought I’d put your mind at ease with pest related laws so that you can rest easy and perhaps save money since you won’t be needing to make that call to your professional bug man. If you listen real close, you can hear members of congress slapping themselves on the back as they vote yet another pay raise for each other, after all, protecting us from invasive pests is hard work.

• In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
• Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
• Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
• It is illegal to mistreat rats in Denver.
• Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
• Galesburg: There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.
• Kirkland: Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kirkland’s streets.
• All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the apiary from which the bees came was free from contagious or infectious disease. -KRS 252.130 (Passed in 1922; Repealed in 1948)
• You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.
• In Maryland thistles may not grow in one’s yard.
• Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks.
• According to Ohio law, it’s against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license.
• Cleveland: It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license!
• In La Crosse you cannot “worry a squirrel.”

And my favorite;

• In West Virginia, it is legal for one to take roadkill home for dinner.
Finally a law that makes sense!

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • West Virginia’s – ya gotta love them. Wacky laws for sure, good information.