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One of the most common North American birds found nesting in large numbers around homes and property is the starling. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. When you see the huge undulating clouds of birds flying in dazzling formations come fall, those are most likely starlings.
Starlings are part of the sturnidae family of birds. Some parts of the world refer to them as “mynas” and some have very bright, glossy feathers in shades of blue and other colors. Starlings are great flyers and can fly long distances. They are also known for being very loud once the congregate in huge flocks in the trees and bushes outside your home.
The problem for home and property owners is that starlings congregate in such large numbers, and prefer areas that are often populated, they can be a pest. They can damage property with their droppings and nesting habits and they have a preference of returning to the same place year after year to nest.
Starlings are small birds in a variety of colors. However, they can look similar to other birds, and those species may not be as much of a pest as starlings. Generally they are medium-sized birds around six inches in length.
Starlings sometimes have iridescence, or shininess, to their feathers, due to the arrangement of their feathers and the way thee feathers are built. It’s often this shininess that lets people know that they have starlings and not another species.
Starlings are located all over the world and can handle both warm and cold climates. They are also not particularly afraid of humans, so they are common in residential areas and urban areas. They prefer to nest in forests and wooded areas, but often congregate and go looking for food and nesting materials around people.
Starlings eat bugs and will also dine on fruits. They are also known to help spread the seeds of certain trees to allow them to thrive. Some species are also excellent mimics of other types of birds, which makes identifying them from their calls tricky.
The main thing that you have to worry about with starlings is potential property damage. In particular their habit of flocking in large numbers to trees, homes, fixtures and bushes. That large number of birds can cause damage to homes and businesses from the large amount of droppings and waste.
Bird droppings contain elements that can eat away at pavement, asphalt and metal. They also make the ground slippery and just generally look terrible. Dried bird droppings can release dust that can get into homes and have adverse health effects, particularly to those who suffer from breathing issues such as asthma.
Starlings can also cause damage from their nesting habits. Although most species prefer to nest in forests, there are several species in North America that think nothing of building a nest around your home, which can bring in parasites, cause damage from the materials or even create fire hazards from old, dried, abandoned nests.
Ehrlich pest control technicians can determine what species of bird has infested your property or building our technicians are trained to spot the difference between starlings and other birds. We will help you remove their nests and provide solutions that will prevent them from coming back.
The types of starling deterrents available are wide and depend on the situation, but may include:
For the entire range of starling bird control and bird deterrent methods, the first step is to call 1-800-837-5520 and schedule an appointment with one of our licensed and trained bird control experts. You can also schedule an appointment using our online form.