Starling Control & Removal
Starlings are small to medium-sized birds that are part of the family Sturnidae. They are a common sight in the United Kingdom and can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including parks, gardens, and farmland.
Starlings are known for their iridescent plumage, which can appear black, green, or purple depending on the light. They have a distinctive shape, with a short tail and a sharp, pointed beak. They are agile fliers and are known for their synchronized flocking behavior, which can create stunning aerial displays.
In the UK, the most common species of starling is the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), which is a non-native species that was introduced in the late 19th century. They are now widespread and can be found throughout the country, except in the highlands of Scotland.
Starlings are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of foods, including insects, berries, seeds, and small mammals. They are also known to scavenge food from human sources, such as garbage bins and outdoor dining areas.
Despite their popularity, starlings can be considered a pest species in some areas, especially when they gather in large flocks and cause damage to crops or deface buildings with their droppings.
While starlings are generally known for their beauty and impressive flocking behavior, here are some facts that some people may consider disgusting:
Noisy roosting behavior: Starlings are known for their loud and raucous calls, especially when they gather in large flocks. This can be considered annoying or disturbing to some people, particularly if they roost near residential areas.
Droppings: Like many birds, starlings produce a significant amount of droppings, which can be unsightly and create a health hazard. Their droppings can carry diseases such as E. coli and Salmonella, which can be transmitted to humans.
Nesting habits: Starlings can build their nests in a variety of locations, including in buildings, trees, and shrubs. While their nests can be elaborate and well-constructed, they can also be messy and unsanitary, containing debris such as twigs, leaves, and bits of garbage.
Starling Control & Removal.
ServLabs Bird Control provides expert starling control and removal services for residential and commercial properties. We use a variety of humane and effective techniques to help you rid your property of starlings quickly and safely.
Our highly trained and experienced team can customize a starling control plan to fit your needs and budget. We specialize in starling exclusion, nest removal, and population control. We also offer bird-proofing services to help prevent future starling infestations. Contact us today to learn more about our starling control and removal services.
Starling Life cycle.
The life cycle of a starling typically begins in the spring, when the birds begin to mate and build nests. Here is a general overview of the starling life cycle:
Mating: Male starlings begin to court females in late winter and early spring, displaying their iridescent plumage and singing to attract mates.
Nest building: Once a pair has formed, they will begin to construct their nest, usually in a tree cavity, bird box, or building eave. The nest is built out of twigs, grasses, and other materials, and lined with feathers and other soft materials.
Egg laying: The female will lay a clutch of 4-6 eggs, which she will incubate for about 12-14 days. During this time, the male will bring food to the female and help defend the nest.
Chick rearing: Once the eggs hatch, both parents will feed the chicks a diet of insects and other small invertebrates. The chicks will grow rapidly and fledge, or leave the nest, after about 20-23 days.
Juvenile stage: After leaving the nest, young starlings will remain with their parents for several weeks, learning to fly and find food. They will eventually become independent and join flocks of other starlings.
Migration: In the fall, starlings may migrate to warmer climates, depending on their location. Some populations in the UK are resident and do not migrate.
Annual cycle: Starlings can live for up to 10 years in the wild, with variations in their life cycle depending on factors such as weather, food availability, and competition with other birds.
Overall, the life cycle of a starling involves a series of stages that are closely tied to the seasons and the availability of food and nesting sites.
Bird Proofing & Control Services
ServLabs Bird Control offers professional bird proofing services to help protect your property from pest birds. We use humane and safe techniques to create a barrier that will stop birds from accessing your property and nesting in unwanted areas. Our services are tailored to your specific needs, providing a long-term, cost-effective solution to your bird problem.
Starling Pest Control.
Starlings are a common bird species found in many parts of the world. While they are generally harmless to humans, they can cause damage and spread disease in certain situations.
One potential source of damage from starlings is their habit of nesting in buildings and other man-made structures. This can cause problems such as clogged gutters, damaged roofs, and unsightly droppings. In extreme cases, their nests can even create a fire hazard if they block vents or come into contact with electrical wires.
Another way that starlings can cause damage is by feeding on crops or fruit trees. In large numbers, they can quickly strip plants of their fruits or destroy entire crops, leading to significant financial losses for farmers and other agricultural producers.
In addition to causing physical damage, starlings can also spread disease. They are known to carry a number of different diseases and parasites, including avian influenza, salmonella, and West Nile virus. These illnesses can be transmitted to humans and other animals through contact with contaminated droppings, feathers, or other materials.