Starlings are a non-native invasive bird species and they are not protected by The U.S. Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which means that the law allows humane removal and control of adults, nests, eggs, and young. You should never allow a starling to use a nest box, or any part of your home or business for nesting. They are bold and aggressive birds and will scavenge almost anything. Each year, starlings cause an estimated $800 million in damages to residential, commercial, industrial properties and agricultural crops
Adult starlings are about the size of a Robin. They have glossy black plumage with an irridescent green/purple sheen, a short, squared tail and a triangular shape in flight, pinkish-red legs, black eyes (Common Blackbirds have a yellow eye ring), and a long pointy, bill (unlike North American blackbirds) that is yellow during breeding season and dark at other times of the year. After the first molt, juveniles have grayish brown plumage with lots of white spots on their head and breast, and they also have a brownish/blackish bill.
Starlings will commonly breed in close proximity to other pairs. A breeding pair can build a nest in 1-3 days. They are usually monogamous and both sexes will incubate the nest. Nest site fidelity is fairly high, with about one third of returning females coming back to nest in the same nesting location in subsequent years. This is one reason it is very important not to allow starling to nests in areas of your home or business.
If you have a starling problem or suspect that starling are nesting in areas of your Kentucky home or business. Give our starling control and starling removal specialist a call today. Our starling control experts can help you get rid of starlings and resolve all of your bird control needs.
KY Wildlife Removal Specialist is Kentucky's most complete bird control company. Our certified bird control specialist can provide a wide range of solutions for your bird control needs. We provide both residential and large scale commercial bird control for birds such as pigeons, sparrows, geese, starlings, swifts, gulls and many more. If you need bird control in Kentucky, call our office and speak with a certified bird control specialist.
Our goose control specialists have the necessary training and skills to resolve all your avian control needs. We can remove your nuisance birds, install deterrents and exclusion techniques to keep geese from causing damage to your home or commercial property.
Our sparrow control specialists have the necessary training and skills to remove your nuisance birds, install deterrents and exclusion techniques to keep sparrows from causing damage to your home or commercial property.
Sparrows are noisy problem birds, especially when they congregate in large flocks. Besides the annoying noise factor, sparrow problems are often found in manufacturing and food processing plants. These areas are particularly appealing to sparrows for their variety of nesting and feeding sites. Sparrow nests cause flooding from backups in gutters and drainage pipes, as well as clog machinery and even start fires from nesting materials in machinery housings. Sparrow droppings contain uric acid which is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods. In addition, the bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in sparrow droppings and nesting materials are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more. Many companies also retain significant clean up and maintenance costs due to sparrow control problems they don't resolve.
Our pigeon control specialists have the necessary training and skills to remove your nuisance birds, install deterrents and exclusion techniques to keep pigeons from causing damage to your home or commercial property.
Feral pigeons are the number one pest bird found throughout Central, Kentucky, creating a mess and causing damage where they roost, creating a need for pigeon control. Generally blue-grey in color, with iridescent feathers on the head and neck, problem pigeons often have markings in black, white or brown on the wings and neck. Pigeons generally nest in small, flat areas away from the ground such as building ledges, air conditioning units, store signs, bill boards, roof top or window sills. Occasionally pigeons may even lay eggs directly on a protected ledge.
Professional bird control methods include physical deterrents, visual deterrents, sonic devices and active barriers, among others. Birds will adapt quickly to most static bird control devices because the birds quickly realize a false threat after exposure. We have found that the most successful avian control methods are the employment of devices that either physically "block" the birds or "actively modify behavior" using a mild harmless shock.
The use of physical bird deterrents include such products as steel or plastic spike systems, bird netting, electrified wire systems, non-electrified wire systems, electrified track systems, slope barriers, mechanical spiders and more. Birds adapt within weeks of exposure to bird control devices that are not really alive or an actual threat to their survival, including sound devices, mechanical devices, wind blown scare devices, and partial perch modifications. In contrast, birds cannot adapt to total "blocking" methods or mild electrical low current "shocking" stimuli that modifies behavior. This is why we have found through extensive testing that netting, mesh, and low current electrical barriers to be the most effective avian control devices.
Goose problems range from damage to agricultural crops through both consummation and trampling. Golf courses and lawns suffer aesthetically from the aggressive and destructive presence of geese. The large bird droppings from Canada geese foul reservoirs, community lakes and ponds, in addition to making a mess by leaving droppings (feces) on roads, sidewalks, patios, play grounds, parking lots, and lawns. Airport safety is jeopardized as many airport bird strike collisions result from geese roosting in open areas near airports.
Canada Geese are generally the cause of goose problem complaints as their numbers have been on the increase over the last decade thanks to their protected status by both Federal and State agencies. There are around a dozen subspecies of Canada geese, all with long black necks and heads with large white cheek patches meeting under their throats. Their body feathering is generally a gray-brown with a slightly darker breast and under parts. The tail feathered are generally white underneath. Canada geese range in size from 22 to 48 inches long and weigh anywhere from 3-4 pounds up to 24 pounds. Our corporate lawns/fountains and country clubs are prime target areas for Canada geese to graze and nest. These migratory birds are more recently staying put, finding there is no more need to leave their "easy living" urban environments of campus like business parks, apartment complexes, industrial parks and golf courses for more southerly green pastures. They prefer to nest in areas near water with protective vegetation cover. These highly aggressive birds will chase animals and people was from their nesting areas, sometimes resulting in injury to the intruders.
House sparrows are an increasingly common problem bird in urban areas. These small, quick, intelligent pest birds are predominately brown and grey in color, with black striping around the eyes and neck in the male of the species. Sparrow legs and toes favor branch and wire perching and their short conical bills are ideal for cracking seeds and grain. Sparrows are very adaptable and have learned to nest in our structures and eat our scrap food. Sparrows often gather in huge flocks to fed and roost, aggressively forcing other birds out of their territories. Sparrows prefer nesting in small enclosed places such as house shutters, drainage piping, building rafters, store signs, patios, awnings, gable vents, exhaust fan vents, dryer vents and corrugated metal siding. These pest birds average about 20 offspring a year, allowing their numbers to increase rapidly to infestation levels.
Pigeon control is important due to the damage and disease problems these problem birds often create. The uric acid in pigeon feces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other substrates it sits on for long periods. Debris from flocks of problem pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage. Nesting materials and other debris have caused failures in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for pigeons. Other frequent pigeon problems include slip and fall liability from feces or debris, plus an unclean, dirty company image. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings are responsible for a host of serious diseases, including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and more.
To solve your Central Kentucky bird control problem effectively, you must know what species of pest bird is causing your damages and select the correct bird control products to resolve these issues. Our certified Kentucky bird control specialist can diagnose your bird control needs and provide a permanent solution to your residential, commercial or industrial bird control problem. We provide bird control for birds such as pigeons, sparrows, geese, starlings, swifts and many more. See below for a description of the most common nuisance birds for which we provide service.
By Ky Wildlife Removal Specialist