Starlings in the attic or on the roof? Those pesky starlings are notorious for causing significant damage to buildings, vehicles, property and machinery with their excessive droppings.


Starlings appeared in America in the 1890s, when 100 of them were brought over to New York as an invasive species. Today, these birds are found all over the  country, and there are about 200 million of them! Starlings adapt well, and are intelligent. These birds nest in holes, and will aggressively move out native birds. Starlings travel in large flocks and forage for insects in large fields.


  • Blackbird sized, 7-9 inches
  • Long, pointed beaks
  • Usually black in color
  • Short, triangular wings


Starlings need 3 habitat features to survive: open fields for foraging, a water source, and several trees or buildings suitable for nest building. As these 3 requirements are met, starlings will gather in large numbers. Starlings' favorite environments include ranches, cities, farms, open woodlands, fields and lawns. These birds tend to avoid dense forests, shrub lands, and deserts.



Residential lawns offer starlings an abundance of their favorite food! This includes grasshoppers, beetles, flies, snails, caterpillars, earthworms, and spiders! Because of this, these birds flock towards and set up nests wherever they can around this environment. Luckily, these birds almost always build their nests outside of homes, unlike many other birds, who will nest inside the attic.


Starlings are an invasive species, and as such, they share their fair share of destruction! Along with insects, starlings enjoy eating fruits like grapes, apples, and berries. These birds are often considered agricultural nuisances! Adding onto that, starlings also cause problem on farms where livestock is kept by spreading diseases and stealing food! When in large numbers, these birds' foraging habits can tear up golf courses, lawns, and parks, and damage expensive landscaping. And, starlings' droppings are odorous and contribute to the spread of the respiratory disease, histoplasmosis!


Control and Safety

There are many control methods to prevent starlings from entering and damaging your residence. The most popular control methods are mesh netting and bird spikes! You can also use scare tactics, like flashing lights and loud noises. Property owners should also seal off any openings on the exteriors of buildings, trim tree branches, using fitted trash bin lids, regularly cleaning gutters, and eliminating sources of pooling water.

Trapping and Removal

Starlings become aggressive when they feel threatened, and approaching them is unnecessarily dangerous. If flocks of the pest bird are causing problems, Critter Control technicians should be called to eradicate infestations. Industry tools and extensive training keep our specialists safe throughout the removal process.

We can help you get rid of starling problems! Call our Missouri office today! 573.560.3028

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