Starling control methods

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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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