Woodpeckers are considered to be migratory, non-game birds and so they are protected in the state of Florida by law. In order to have the birds and their nests removed you have to have someone with a special license perform the extraction and the laws for removal are very strict, there has to be good reason to have them removed or the removal will be denied.
Woodpeckers are attracted to fruits and nuts, so if you have a bird feeder or fruit trees in your yard, that could be whats attracting them. Of course removing your fruit trees would be hard to do and a little extreme, however removing your bid feeder is a good idea…not to mention bird feeders also attract rats, mice and squirrels and those guys can burrow into your home rather quickly.
There are some things you can do to prevent or control the woodpeckers from destroying your home or business.
Bird Netting- Netting is generally made out of a durable plastic material and looks like screening, this can be easily attached to your siding, eaves or other areas that are problematic.
Metal Barriers- Metal Sheathing can be used to cover areas that have already been disturbed by this invasive creatures. You can also use plastic sheeting but it wont be as effective and will have to be replaced often here in Florida due to weather conditions.
Fake Em Out- Use fake owls, hawks, snakes or other predatory animals to scare the birds off or to keep them away.
Loud Noises-You can try an air horn, banging some pots and pans or loud crazy music. The birds can associate your home with those loud noises and they may stay clear.
These guys can be pesky and annoying but handling them appropriately is very important, do not attempt this on your own!