Starlings have a striking appearance, with iridescent light-tipped feathers. Unfortunately, their beauty is outweighed by their nuisance status. Starling are among the most disruptive bird to their native kin, like woodpeckers and owls. They can also transmit disease and invasive seeds, causing more damage to properties. If you're dealing with starling infestations on your property, contact Critter Control of Columbus for help with starling removal.
Are Starlings a Problem?
These medium-sized birds can grow to be around 7–9 inches and weigh around 3 ounces. They are found in grassy, open areas while searching for food and water sources, and trees/buildings while nesting. Farmers, in particular, take issue with starlings, as they target farms and fields.
Starlings also target homeowners' lawns in an attempt to find their favored meal: insects. They can get into your landscaping, make holes in buildings and nest in any other ideal location on your home or outbuildings.
- 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.
- Starlings usually construct their homes on the outsides of buildings as opposed to nesting in attics, like many other bird species.
Do starlings harm people or property?
As an invasive species, starlings cause their fair share of destruction.
- Since starlings enjoy eating fruits like grapes, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and apples, they are often considered agricultural nuisances for farmers.
- Starlings also make trouble on farms where livestock are kept by stealing food and spreading diseases.
- When they gather in particularly large numbers, starling infestations make themselves comfortable on 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.
- 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 starling modifications include sealing off any openings larger than one inch in diameter on the exteriors of buildings, keeping tree branches trimmed, securing outdoor trash cans, keeping gutters clean, and eliminating sources of pooling water.
Starlings become aggressive when they feel threatened, and approaching them is unnecessarily dangerous. If starling flocks are causing problems, Critter Control of Columbus technicians should be called to eradicate infestations. Industry tools and extensive training keep our specialists safe throughout the removal process. Call today at 614.300.7547 for effective starling removal!Request a Quote