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How to Get Rid of Starlings

Despite its small size, European Starling can cause severe problems for livestock and agricultural. This is the reason agriculture and horticulture management authorities regularly take actions to control their growth. These are referred to as pests due to the damages they inflict on environment. They can harm other birds, eat up livestock feed and cause huge losses to vineyards. They prefer flying in groups and nothing stays safe when a group of thousands of starlings attacks a field.

About Starling

Starling is around 8 inches long and is quite a noisy bird. The flocks of starlings are usually accompanied by Cow Birds and Black Birds. These are distinct species that prefer staying together in large flocks to stay safe from predators. It is estimated that these birds cause damages of around a billion dollars annually. Moreover, they also spread various diseases among humans as well as livestock.

Starlings are aggressive birds that are found in urban as well as agricultural settings. They can damage the structures of buildings. They prefer nesting on trees and you can see them near leaking gutters. They are often found near picnic sites in search of spilled food.


Flocks of starlings are a threat to aircrafts. They the prime reason behind a number of airplane crashes every year.

Let’s have a look at some diseases that quickly spread in humans as well as livestock due to droppings by Starlings.

  • Candidiasis

  • Histoplasmosis

  • St. Louis Encephalitis

  • Cryptococcosis

  • E. coli

  • Salmonellosis

  • Food poisoning

  • West Nile Virus (It transfers to humans from an infected bird via mosquito bite)

  • Transmissible Gastroenteritis virus

Methods to Get Rid of Starlings

If left free, starlings can wreak havoc on your property. Although their flocks are often exterminated so as to save crops, here are some steps you can take on your own to control the problem.

  • Feed Livestock in Covered Spaces

Starlings eat livestock feed. If they frequently attack your farm, stop feeding your livestock in open spaces. Keep their feed in a covered area such as a shed or a barn, where they can eat without the fear of any attacker. This will efficiently keep the starlings away and save your livestock from various diseases.

Also, avoid putting animal feed on ground. Use animal feeders, since they can prevent access by birds and pests. If possible, feed them early in the morning or after dusk.

  • Use Wide Netting

Bird net is a unique way of keeping birds feed safe from starlings. If you have kept bird feeders in your house or farm to attract songbirds, you don’t want starlings to consume all of it. You can keep a bird net around the feeder. Make sure its meshes are wide enough to provide access to smaller birds. It will keep bigger birds such as starlings away from feed.

You can also keep feeder inside a cage. Keep the holes smaller, suitable for birds you want to feed.

  • Get New Birdfeeders

If starlings are eating up the whole birdfeed from feeder, it is time to get rid of them. Purchase new birdfeeders that require birds to eat upside down. Unlike other common birds, starlings don’t prefer eating this way. Therefore, they’ll leave the birdfeeder, allowing others to consume the feed.

Never put birdfeed directly on the ground, or else starlings won’t allow smaller birds to eat it. They can also damage the soil while looking for food.

  • Use Anti-Bird Spray

Starlings are most likely to attack your fields or gardens. If fruits or vegetables are growing in your garden, take some preventive measures to reduce the risks of attacks. You don’t want to fall ill due to a little carelessness. Many anti-bird sprays are available in the market. Get some for your farm and protect your vegetation against starlings.

However, make sure you do not purchase chemical-based sprays. The chemical products are more harmful for your health than anything else. Look for an organic product that doesn’t cause any damage to plants. These products are made from all natural ingredients and provide improved protection from pests and birds.

Also, cover your vegetation with netting. Choose a net as per the size of your farm. Don’t keep the crops covered throughout the day. If they cannot receive enough amount of sunlight, you’ll lose them in no time. The meshes of net shouldn’t be any wider than 1 inch for effective results.

  • Get Rid of Standing Water

Standing water and leaking gutter act as the main sources of water for starlings. Resolve these problems without delay in order to keep the premises safe from these harmful pests. Drain the stagnant water standing in your farm. Don’t leave a water container outdoors. Keep it covered to protect it from getting infected. Starlings spread many diseases and keeping water sources away from their access is an effective way to reduce health risks.

  • Install Spikes

If starlings have already attacked your farm once, they are likely to return. Install spikes on ledges and other spaces where they prefer to sit. This will help you protect the space and divert them away. It will prevent their access to crops.

Another effective way is to install angled boards on ledges. Keep these wooden boards angled at 45° so that they can effectively deter starlings and other birds. After they leave your farm, you can remove these boards.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Has All The Top Products For Starling Control

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a number of great product which can chase and scare off starlings from your property. For instance, we have multiple repellent products like 4 The Birds-Bird Repellent Gel as well as 4 The Birds Liquid Repellent which can be laid out in the areas where you have noticed the most starling activity. 

Another great repellent is a sound devices like BirdXPeller PRO Audio Bird Deterrent which contains recorded bird distress calls which will scare starlings. Lastly, you can scatter out a bird frightening agent like Avitrol which, when consumed, throws birds off their normal functioning and scares off other birds from staying in the area. Order them today and get them shipped to you fast and for free!


We hope this article helps you to get rid of starlings from your property. For more helpful tips and advice, call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start a live chat with us on our website.


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