Starling Control

Starling Control, Trapping & Removal Services

We can rid you of Starling problems safely and efficiently

European starlings are among the most widespread bird species in the world, to the point of being considered a nuisance. They were deliberately released in New York City in 1890 by a well-intentioned though misguided group that wanted to bring familiar European species to North America. There are now more than 200 million of the birds in the United States. Since many of these destructive and aggressive birds find their way into yards, starlings can create problems for homeowners.

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At approximately eight and a half inches long and three ounces in weight, starlings are small to medium sized birds. Although they may look black from a distance, up close their feathers shine iridescent green or purple. The pests have reddish-brown legs and black beaks that turn yellow during mating season. Male starlings can be identified by the elongated feathers over their chests, while females have shorter plumes.

DIET

This omnivorous species feeds on a variety of animals and plants. Spiders, moths, centipedes, and earthworms are common food sources, as are berries, seeds, apples, pears, plums, and cherries. Diet varies with both age and availability. While young starlings eat mostly animal protein, adults feed primarily on plants.

HABITAT

Starlings are found everywhere from cities to farms and from parks to fields. The pests use holes in trees, building crevices, and bird houses for their nests, filling them with loose sticks, grass, leaves, and feathers. Because of starlings’ sheer numbers and aggressive temperament, they often drive out or even kill other cavity-nesting birds. This has resulted in population declines for some wrens, swallows, and bluebirds.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

These birds often nest in yards if they find attractive spots in trees or along buildings. Once established, their large and intrusive communities entirely take over the area. This cycle has allowed starling populations to keep growing.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Starlings are considered agricultural pests because of the damage they cause to crops and berries. This affects backyard gardeners as well. In addition, starlings hog local supplies of insects, pushing out other, more desirable bird species. Starling droppings can also contain disease-causing bacteria and viruses, including salmonella and histoplasmosis.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

The key to preventing starling infestations is eliminating nesting opportunities. That means screening or covering any openings or crevices the birds might use as homes. These can be in trees, around eaves, or even inside dryer, bathroom, and oven vents. To avoid further problems with starlings, check vent coverings periodically and ensure that they are working properly. Birds can fall from vents into open spaces below and become trapped indoors.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Box traps can be used to catch individual starlings, but there are usually so many of the birds in a given location that their effectiveness is negligible. The best way to rid a property of the pests is to contact the animal control specialists at Trutech. These experienced, trained technicians can remove the starling problem safely and completely.


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