Starlings are a blackbird-sized dark bird that are known for being intelligent and adaptable. Starlings are aggressive in their search for food and have no qualms pushing native birds out of their habitat. They have strong jaws and long, pointed beaks that are great for plucking insects out of the ground. During flight, starlings resemble four-pointed stars, hence their name.
Starlings were introduced to the United States as an invasive species in the late 19th century by a superfan of William Shakespeare who wanted to bring all of the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's plays to North America. He released 60 of these birds in Central Park in 1890, and today there are over 200 million starlings living on the continent. Starlings and other peksy birds can present a number of problems to homeowners and business owners, but Critter Control of Ft Collins can help. Call us at 937.854.5761 or contact us here.
REMOVE STARLINGS FROM YOUR PROPERTY
- Many products designed to keep various species of birds from nesting in residential areas are available for purchase.
- Mesh netting and bird spikes can be used to keep starlings from accessing favored nesting areas while scare tactics, like flashing lights and loud noises, frighten the birds away from the general area.
- Property owners can also employ several preventative measures to make environments less favorable to starlings.
- Helpful actions include sealing off any openings on the exteriors of buildings greater than one inch in diameter, trimming tree branches, fitting outdoor trash bins with lids, keeping gutters clean of debris, and eliminating sources of pooling water.
Starlings require three features of all their habitats: 1) open, grassy areas for feeding, 2) water sources, and 3) several trees or buildings with suitable nesting cavities. So long as these requirements are met, starlings will gather. Favored environments include cities, ranches, farms, open woodlands, fields, and lawns. The birds avoid dense forests, scrublands, and deserts.
Common Starling Issues
Residential lawns offer starlings an abundance of some of their favorite foods, including grasshoppers, beetles, flies, caterpillars, snails, earthworms, and spiders. As such, the pest birds set up nests in ornamental lawn tree cavities, holes in buildings, and any other available nook or cranny that provides suitable protection. They tend to construct their homes on the outsides of buildings as opposed to nesting in attics, like many other species of birds.
- As an invasive species, starlings cause their fair share of destruction. Since they enjoy eating fruits like grapes, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and apples, they are often considered agricultural nuisances.
- Additionally, starlings make trouble on farms where livestock are kept by stealing food and spreading diseases. When they gather in particularly large numbers, starling flocks riddle golf courses, lawns, and parks with holes while they forage, damaging costly landscaping.
- Finally, their droppings are odorous and contribute to the spread of the respiratory disease histoplasmosis.
Starling Control Services
Starlings become aggressive when they feel threatened, and approaching them is unnecessarily dangerous. If flocks of the pest bird are causing problems, Critter Control technicians should be called to eradicate infestations. Industry tools and extensive training keep our specialists safe throughout the removal process.
We can help you get rid of starling problems. Call our Ft Collins office today at 937.854.5761.