February 15, 2024

How to Get Rid of Starlings Effectively in 2024 (with Video Demonstration)

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Everyone will agree that a flock of starlings flying in the sky is a magnificent sight.

However, this species can create numerous problems for human activities. Hence, it’s essential to find effective ways to keep them away in lawful and humane ways.

Starlings are highly social birds. This characteristic is evident in their roosting behavior, as some roosts can count thousands of birds. So, it is not hard to imagine why they are considered invasive species.

A flock of starlings can cause severe damage to buildings, including:

  • Leaving highly corrosive droppings.
  • Building nests that can block drainage pipes and gutters.
  • Posing health risks to people as they are vectors for disease.

Starlings are also a nuisance to farmers as they assault a wide range of crops and eat animal feed.

Furthermore, starlings are highly vocal and, well, loud. So they are not the kind of neighbor you want around.

Keep reading to find out how to get rid of starlings effectively in 2024 using advanced laser bird control technology.

How to Get Rid of Starlings: A Step-by-Step Approach

Keeping starlings away can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can try:

  • Remove Food Sources: Starlings are attracted to places where they can find food easily. Make sure to secure your garbage cans tightly, clean up any spilled birdseed or pet food, and avoid leaving out food scraps.
  • Physical Barriers: Use physical barriers such as netting or bird spikes to prevent starlings from roosting or nesting in certain areas. Be sure to install these barriers safely and effectively to avoid harming other birds or animals.
  • Scare Tactics: Various scare tactics can be effective in deterring starlings. These include visual deterrents like reflective objects, scarecrows, or predator decoys, as well as auditory deterrents like loud noises or distress calls from other birds.
  • Timing: Starlings are migratory birds, so their presence may vary depending on the season. Pay attention to their migration patterns and adjust your deterrent strategies accordingly.
  • Legal Considerations: Before implementing any control measures, be sure to check local regulations and laws regarding bird control, as some methods may be restricted or prohibited.

By combining these strategies and being persistent, you can help discourage starlings from frequenting your property.

Getting Rid of Starlings Lawfully

Starlings are originally from Europe, Africa, Asia, and some areas of Australia and the Pacific Ocean.

In many European countries, like in the U.K, starlings are legally protected and cannot be harmed or killed. Furthermore, it is prohibited to damage or destroy an active nest.

Some species from Europe and Asia – like the common or European starling – have been introduced to North America and compete for habitats and resources with native species. For this reason, starlings are not protected by federal and state laws in the United States.

Always consider your local laws and regulations before choosing a solution to get rid of starlings.

starling flock

How to Keep Starlings Away with Lasers

Physical barriers and scare tactics may not always be enough to deter starlings for several reasons.

Starlings are intelligent and adaptable birds, often gathering in large flocks, which can make it difficult to deter them using traditional methods.

Additionally, they are known for their persistent roosting behavior, making it challenging to discourage them using physical barriers alone. Some physical barriers may not be practical or effective in every situation and can pose safety risks to other wildlife. Scare tactics, such as loud noises or predator decoys, can be disruptive to the surrounding environment and may disturb other wildlife or nearby residents.

Green lasers are proven to be powerful in scaring starlings away. Birds perceive the moving green light as a physical object and flee immediately when the beam reaches them. After repeated experience with the laser, the starlings will relocate and learn to avoid the area.

This technique works well on big flocks thanks to the ’domino effect’: the first bird reached by the laser will fly away and make all other birds in the flock flee too.

This non-invasive method is effective in dispersing starlings without causing harm to the birds or the environment. Green lasers are particularly effective because they are highly visible to starlings, versatile in various settings, non-invasive, and long-range, covering a large area

The AVIX Autonomic Mark II laser bird deterrent system is widely regarded as one of the best automated solutions available on the market. This system utilizes advanced laser technology to effectively deter birds, including starlings, from roosting or nesting in various environments.

See it in action below, moving more than a thousand starlings from a dairy farm.

The Autonomic Mark II system offers several key features and benefits:

  1. Automated Operation: The system is fully automated, utilizing programming to ensure continuous protection without the need for manual intervention.
  2. Versatility: The system is versatile and can be installed in a wide range of settings, including agricultural fields, industrial sites, and electrical facilities.
  3. Customizable: The Autonomic Mark II system offers customizable settings and programming options to suit specific requirements and environmental conditions. Users can adjust the timing, intensity, and coverage area of the laser deterrent as needed.
  4. Effective: The system is highly effective in dispersing birds, including starlings, from targeted areas with customers reporting over 70% of bird reduction.
  5. Low Maintenance: The system requires minimal maintenance once installed, reducing ongoing operational costs and efforts.
Bird Control Group’s automated laser bird repellent provides 24/7 protection from wild birds by shining a green laser light in the area affected by the problem. Get in touch via the form below if you are interested in learning more.