Social starlings cause big problems

Starling packs are always on the hunt for places to roost, feed and rest. Taking over a large building isnt too difficult for a group of over one thousand of these aggressive birds.

Starling packs are always on the hunt for places to roost, feed and rest. Taking over a large building isn't too difficult for a group of over one thousand of these aggressive birds.

Of all the birds flying cities, starlings are probably the biggest problem. Last September, Steve Carlic of Syracuse (N.Y.) The Post-Standard wrote an article about exactly how dangerous – and expensive – it is to have starlings hanging around an area.

200 million shiny black European starlings crowd North America…The enormous flocks endanger air travel, mob cattle operations, chase off native songbirds, roost on city blocks, leaving behind corrosive, foul-smelling droppings and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage each year.

Carlic is absolutely right. Starlings travel in massive packs. These packs are so large and dense – sometimes totaling over a thousand birds – it can blacken the sky and completely take over sections of buildings.

The main problem with hypersocial starlings is their droppings. Bird droppings carry many diseases, and they come with a big risk: the liability factor. Slip-and-fall incidents are not uncommon; they can cost companies thousands, possibly millions, of dollars in legal fees and lawsuits.

Tiny but powerful: multiply this little guy by six thousand, and a cute feathered friend turns into an enormous problem.

Tiny but powerful: multiply this little guy by six thousand, and a cute feathered friend turns into an enormous problem.

A multi-pronged attack is the only way to get rid of these tiny birds. Trying an ultra sonic sound device like the Bird-X Ultrason-X is a good place to start. It includes 4 speakers with 100-foot cords that emits annoying ultrasonic sounds annoying to birds. And with a coverage area of up 3600-square feet, it’s a guaranteed way to stop packs of starlings from getting too comfortable in your area.

Starlings love urban areas for the same reason most wildlife does: easy access to food, resting areas, water, and shelter among other things. Roosting for these packs is necessary, so physically obstruction them from being able to rest is necessary. Try some bird spikes or Bird Proof gel. Spikes are rigid and crooked, making it impossible for birds to rest, while the gel makes the area sticky and incredibly uncomfortable.

Stop starlings from making your roof their next roosting spot by putting up spikes or spreading some Bird Proof Gel; both of these are green and humane ways to get rid of unwanted pest birds immediately.

Stop starlings from making your roof their next roosting spot by putting up spikes or spreading some Bird Proof Gel; both of these are green and humane ways to get rid of unwanted pest birds immediately.

Make sure to contact one of our experts here at Bird-X for any other questions you have about your starling problem. Check out the website at bird-x.com or call us up at 800-860-0473!

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