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While not a large bird, starlings often appear in large numbers. This can pose a problem for growers and owners/managers of buildings and structures, for the birds will quickly seeks out crevices, nooks and crannies to roost and nest. Starlings can quickly denude a tree or turf, leaving empty branches and lots of droppings in their wake. It’s important to be proactive when dealing with starlings since once they settle in, huge flocks often follow.
Starlings are relatively small birds, weighing about 3.2 ounces and are typically 8.5 inches long. Adults are dark with light speckles on the feathers. They prefer to nest in buildings and structures, grazed pastures, open water areas, and livestock facilities for foraging. Starlings will eat fruits, seeds, livestock rations and food in garbage open garbage containers. Winter-roosting flocks can be massive, exceeding 1 million birds in some cases.
Why Starling Control?
Starlings often consume the high-protein supplements that have been added to livestock rations. These birds can transfer diseases from one livestock facility to another. The fungus Histoplasma capsulatum may grow in the soils under their roosts, and spores may go airborne in dry weather. Starlings damage crops by consuming grapes, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, figs, apples and cherries. In some areas, starlings will yank out sprouting grains, like wheat, and eat the planted seed. Starlings have also been known to damage golf course and other turfs. And large roosts in buildings and industrial structures leave filth, noise, and odor. Their wet or damp droppings create slip-and –fall hazards at industrial structures, and large roosts near airports pose bird-strike safety hazards to aircraft.
How to Get Rid of Starlings
There are several humane options for deterring starlings from landing or nesting on your property. It’s important to thoroughly clean up any bird droppings or nesting materials before any deterrent products are installed (starlings are attracted to the scent of their droppings and nests). Here are a few steps you can take to get rid of starlings:
Remove Food Sources
Starlings are quick and alert to any perceived threats, so scare tactics can be highly effective.
Humane Removal/Professional Installer
If you don’t have the time, resources or expertise to solve your starling problem, several wildlife and pest control companies offer bird control as a service. These professionals can install bird control products and offer other services such as clean-up and humane trap and starling removal.