Why Are Starlings in the Garden?
With their mixed diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and insects, starlings are right at home in gardens. These birds dig up seeds, eat sprouts, snip buds from stems, and peck at mature fruit. The pests seek out plants at the peak of ripeness, so gardeners coming to harvest their hard-earned crops often find that starlings were there first.
Property owners have the most trouble with starlings in the garden around late summer, when the birds' diet shifts from insects to plants. During dry periods, damage to fruits and vegetables is usually more severe, as starlings will go after fruit solely for its moisture.
What Does Starling Damage Look Like?
A starling in the garden will eat grapes and small fruit whole but peck holes in larger produce like apples. Apples eaten by starlings are relatively intact outside but hollow inside. Gardeners may see triangular beak marks on the outside of the fruit.
Problems with Starling Control
Starlings feed in large groups, often joining with grackles, cowbirds, and other common pests to create huge flocks. This makes some types of traps ineffective for removing starlings in the garden, as they only catch a few birds at a time.
How to Keep Starlings Out of the Garden
To protect gardens, place bird netting around fruit trees or tall plants. Timing harvests carefully can also be helpful. For example, sunflowers only attract starlings after their seeds are mature, so gardeners should collect the plants immediately to avoid losses. For professional exclusion and removal of starlings in gardens, turn to the wildlife experts at Critter Control.
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It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.
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Full service. Excellent job of extracting raccoon, cleaning all animal waste, sanitizing, and spraying anti-parasitic substance. They closed all potential ports of entry, though the work did not match the vinyl, and it looks kind of tacky. They added blown insulation, which added a lot to the cost. They provide a one year warranty against animal intrusion, with an option to extend the warranty at the end of each one- year period. They were willing to work with me one the price. I will probably extend my warranty, and will definitely use them it the future.
I was really impressed by these guys. Got a call within a few hours of making an inquiry. Had a rep out to inspect the situation by the end of the week, and when they laid out the timeline they kept if not exceeded listed times.
Rob, Travis, and Jim were all professional, polite, and courteous and after months of hearing squirrels in my ceiling they are gone and the repair to my flashing looks excellent. Can't recommend these guys enough.
Jeff was incredibly professional and helpful. I'll use them again and would recommend them to anyone.
Critter Control did a great job of evaluating our house for sites of entry after we found bats and a squirrel in our attic. They completed their work promptly and professionally.
We heard some noise from the corner of our house. Concerned that it could be inside we called for an inspection. Jessy arrived as scheduled and conducted a complete inspection of our home. Based on a recording we made he determined we had a tree frog on our roof. I was pleased that we didn’t have any rodent in our house. And his inspection could a few spots I can tighten up around my house. I am very happy with the outcome.
We have a vacation home in Western Mass
and haven’t been there much during the pandemic as we live and work in Atlanta, GA. On our most recent visit we noticed that we had some rodent intrusion as well as some un-welcomed wildlife who decided to make our vacation home their home.
We contacted Critter Control and Mr. Cahoon was quick to set up an appointment as we wouldn’t be in town very long. He came out and assessed our issues. He informed us of our options to both eradicate and control future intrusions. Keeping in mind that wildlife is wildlife! He quickly got to work eradicating the rodents and wildlife from our home and addressing the intrusion issues. We feel much better leaving our vacation home for periods at a time knowing that Mr. Cahoon and Critter Control did their job and did it right! Thanks again!
We bought an old cabin last spring , it was used for years as a summer vacation cabin, therefore maintenance wasn’t a priority. After our project to remodel started, we found evidence of mice droppings
We immediately called Critter Control and they came and gave us a reasonable estimate to remove all remnants and insulation. They sanitized and replaced with new insulation and sealing up points of entry .
Seeing their professional work made us feel confident and secure that the problem was solved ! Everyone we worked with continued to show professional and respectful work. Highly recommend this company! We continue to use critter control monthly to be sure we are mice and bug free!