Starlings are commonly seen as pests due to the damage they cause to agriculture and urban areas. The primary problem starlings cause is due to their flocking and roosting in large numbers and the resultant large amount of droppings generated in one place.
Starlings droppings can cause degradation to brick and even steel work due to the acidity of the droppings. An additional health risk is caused by starlings droppings in the soil which promotes fungal growth and can lead to disease if it comes into contact with people.
Starlings also flock in vast numbers and this behaviour if near airports leads to a risk of bird strike for aircraft taking off or landing. There are a number of ways to deter and prevent starlings from being a nuisance including falconry response and even the use of lasers.
To identify the most effective method for your starling problem talk to your local team for advice by calling 0333 567 2020.
Good House Keeping
Good house keeping will remove any attractants so initially we recommend:
- Prevention of water pooling in gutters
- Covering of any rubbish
- Cover and secure an animal feed
- Trimming of any trees to reduce their attractiveness
If this is unsuccessful, you are dealing with a particularly large flock or you need help keeping control our team are happy to offer advice.
Contact your local team for advice or to arrange a survey by calling 0333 567 2020.