What they eat:
Starlings mostly eat a variety of invertebrates, fruits, grains and seeds. They usually forage lawns and short grass areas such as golf courses and pastures for their food.
If near the sea, they may also frequently eat the eggs and young of other nesting seabirds.
Where they live:
Starlings live all over North America. Their population is estimated at 200 million. They’re known to reside near open spaces such as fields. They use trees for nesting and are prevalent near agricultural and urban areas, due to the abundance of food.
Starling nests take on a bulky bowl shape. These are placed in trees and shrubs. Starlings may lay 3 to 6 eggs per batch. The eggs are of a blue-green/pale gray color.
Possible Health Concerns and Damage:
Starlings cause a lot of damage, especially at livestock facilities and urban roosts. Starlings selectively eat high-protein supplements added to livestock feed. Starlings also play a role in the transfer of disease from one livestock facility to another. The transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGE) has been found to pass through the digestive tract of a starling and be infectious through feces.
Starlings also cause damage by consuming cultivated fruits and vegetables. They also eat the sprouting grains of grass and other planted seeds.
Furthermore the accumulations of droppings can be of health concern due to the disease they carry, the filth they create and the odour they release. Plus the acidity of their droppings is corrosive.
Lockbird recommends the following deterrent strategy:
Trapping: Trapping and removing starlings can be a successful method of control at locations where a resident population is causing localized damage or where other techniques cannot be used.
Lockbird Handswipe: The handswipe is a great tool to effectively repels birds from an area. This handheld laser is quiet and harmless to starlings. this visual deterrent instantly scares any bird.
Repellent: Soft, sticky repellents made of polybutenes, a nontoxic material, that can be useful in discouraging starlings from roosting on sites such as ledges, roof beams, or shopping-center signs.