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The Starling is one of those birds that most
people don't seem to mind. Because they are
smaller sized birds the vast majority of people
don't have any real issue with them. When they see
one or two of them coming onto their property to
eat seed, drink water, or go after worms they
hardly notice them at all. It's a very symbiotic
relationship of sorts.
The problem arises when dozens, if not hundreds of
these birds get onto your land. This can happen
frequently, as the Starling will travel in large
groups that can pose a serious risk to you and
your family. These birds release a large amount of
waste wherever they go, which often carries
bacteria and parasites that can put your family at
risk. That is clearly not something you want for
yourself or your family and so driving them away
becomes an important means of keeping those in
your house safe. This is where it becomes
important to find different control methods to
keep the Starling away or limit their numbers.
The first thing that you can do is to limit the
food that is available to them. A Starling is
going to come to your property if he or she finds
that there are available food sources that they
can get to. This means that you not only need to
eliminate such things as birdfeeders, but you
should also do all that you can to make sure that
there is not seeds from trees that are easily
accessible as well.
If you have trees that have fruit on them, like
cherries or apples, it may become necessary to
place netting over the top of that so as to keep
these creatures away from them. The netting deters
the Starling from being able to get to the fruit,
which reduces down the food source that is
available to them.
You should also look into putting up devices that
make it difficult for the animal to be able to
land on places around your property such as the
roof of your home or the railing to your deck.
This can be done using such things as bird spikes
or other similar devices which deny the bird the
ability to be able to land comfortably so it can
roost. While these can be expensive if you have to
purchase many of them, and they are not the most
appealing looking objects, they are quite
effective at getting the job done. This should be
your primary concern and you should know that
these devices can be quite successful.
You may also want to look into commercial
repellents to assist you in your battle critters.
You can find products online or at many home
improvement stores which give you the ability to
stop animals like birds from wanting to land on
your property because they find the repellent too
much of an irritant for them. This can be a great
way to resolve your problem and gain back your
home for yourself.
Starling Control Methods
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Starlings are found all over the world, with the exception of only the sandiest and driest of deserts. They're actually quite prolific in North America, with flocks of the birds often posing huge problems for home owners and property or business owners alike. Feces are known to transmit disease, and it's not exactly the nicest thing in the world to look at. You certainly wouldn't want your kids or pets playing around anywhere near it.
Parks and gardens, just like yours, make the perfect spot for flocks of starlings to hang out in, with trees that are nicely spaced apart. You should check these trees. One of the first starling control methods you could look into is sealing up any hole that is bigger than roughly an inch across. These holes allowed the starlings to nest. Once they nest, they'll be all the more difficult to get rid of.
Keeping your attention on these tree is smart again when you look at pruning them and cutting them back. This makes them less attractive to all wild critters, including starlings, giving them less in the form of protection from predators and the weather elements. It also provides them with less food in some cases too.
If you have bird feeders in your yard, it might be time to take them inside for a while. At least until you have the starling problem under control. You should ensure these creatures don't have any food to come back for, otherwise they'll just keep on coming back. Even trash cans should be covered, and this is a practice that you should get into, especially if you live in areas where wildlife is rife. Raccoons are very well known for knocking over trash cans to get to the contents inside.
There are deterrents you can use to try and keep these creatures at bay, and these include light-reflecting light strips, usually in the form of holographic tape. The bright and shining beams of light will disturb the birds, and when it happens enough, it will encourage them to leave for good. Or, at least, for a while. If you don't have holographic tape, you could use old CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs. These have reflective and holographic features and can work in the same way.
In some instances, an old-fashioned scarecrow can do the trick with a nuisance flock of birds, such as starlings, and this is often the first place to start. Along with movement and light beams, sound can also work, so a cleverly placed radio with loud-enough music to scare them enough might just do the trick. These birds will often go very fast in the opposite direction to humans.
If all else fails, give the professionals a call. These are not birds you want to hurt, of course, and you may find that you need to look at other installed methods of getting rid of them, including bird spike strips or bird netting. These can both have very successful results, but only when used correctly, placed in the right positions, and installed the way they should be. That's why we suggest leaving it to the professionals, especially if you have never done this kind of job before.
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