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Starling Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Starlings are 7.5-8.5 inches long; they are stocky and short-tailed. They are black in color with green-purple sheen in the summer and spring. They are heavily speckled with white and gold in the winter. Starling eggs are white to light blue, some with dark spots.

Starlings nest in building cavities, ledges, vents, tree cavities or holes, nooks and crannies in and around structures, etc.

They build their nests form grasses, twigs and debris lined with feathers and other soft materials.

Some starlings migrate south for the winter while others remain year round.

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Why are they a health hazard
Why are they a health hazard

Starlings are associated with over 25 diseases and ectoparasites. Their feces contaminate sidewalks, vehicles, buildings etc. around their vesting sites.


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Insects, other invertebrates, grains, berries, fruits and seeds


Health hazard, disturbing loud noises

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What To Do About Starlings
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  • Once the species is considered a problem, first check federal, state and local regulations for bird management.

  • See Utah Administrative Code R657-3-7 for more information on legal issues surrounding starling control.

How To Exclude Birds From Your Home
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  • Install plastic netting on susceptible parts of the building.

  • Use deterrents such as plastic or metal spines on ledges.

  • Modify locations in other ways.

  • Reduce or eliminate feeding sites and water sources.

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