How to remove Starlings from your property
As well as visiting garden bird feeders, Starlings are equally happy feeding on food spillages on farms and factory sites. They often gain access to buildings to nest and feed, often building their nests in holes in walls or under the eaves of buildings where nesting material can block guttering and downpipes. Starlings are also prone to roost inside buildings where their droppings foul anything lying beneath. Because of their large numbers they can cause contamination of bulk food stuffs on farms and commercial food premises.
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Learn about Starlings
- Smaller than blackbirds, starlings have a short tail, pointed head and triangular wings.
- At a distance they look black but up close they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens.
- Their flight is fast and direct and they walk and run confidently on the ground.
- They can be noisy and gregarious; starlings spend a lot of the year in flocks.
- Starlings are more prone to roost inside buildings where their droppings foul anything that lies beneath.
In most instances of pest infestation, it’s the availability of water and food sources that makes a place attractive.
Birds are likewise attracted to areas that have access to food and water. One way of approaching a bird problem is to encourage effective site hygiene by ensuring that any unwanted residual food or water is regularly removed.
In order to prevent the recurrence of the conditions that first attracted the bird, we suggest regularly monitoring of the problem area.
There’s a wide array of bird proofing systems on the market today.
- Netting – bird netting systems that screen off problem areas can be 100% successful when installed correctly. Nets come in sizes to suit house sparrows, starlings, gulls and feral pigeons. Netting can be specified in several colours to suit your buildings masonry.
- Post and wire systems – post and wire systems are tried and tested applications which can be used on ledges, ridges and other structures to prevent birds gaining a foothold.
- Spike systems - spike systems (also known as pin or point systems) are made up of strips, upright metal pins or plastic pins that deter birds from landing. They’re very adaptable, simple to apply and can be used to proof a wide variety of both plain and ornate buildings.
- Avishock – This is an electrical bird deterrent system that provides a hugely valuable new professional management option. The principles are the same as managing livestock with electric fencing an d have been tried and tested to ensure it doesn’t harm the birds.
- Agrilaser – This is new on the market. It is a visual bird scaring deterrent. It can either be a hand held device or in one place and it shoots out a laser beam which deters birds away from buildings.
- Gel systems – Gel systems are applied to any ledges and ridges on your building using caulking gun and are then painted with a sealing fluid to create a flexible barrier. The gel feels unpleasant and unstable to the bird’s feet and discourages them from perching.
- Physical barriers – Plastic strip curtain doors should always be considered if you have large openings that allow birds to access the inside of your building and cause problems.