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.

Identify A Starling

Starlings were originally introduced to New York as an invasive species in the 1890's. The bird's numbers have soared over 200 million and they can be found anywhere from Alaska to Mexico.

Appearance & Habitat

  • 7-9 inches long
  • Weigh 3 ounces
  • Strong jaws
  • Long and pointed beaks
  • Dark (usually black) feathers that change depending on the season
  • Triangular, short, and pointed feathers
  • Resemble four-pointed stars during flight

Starlings require three features of all their habitats: open, grassy areas for feeding, water sources, and several trees or buildings with suitable nesting cavities. So long as these requirements are met, starlings will gather in large numbers. Favored environments include cities, ranches, farms, open woodlands, fields, and lawns. The birds avoid dense forests, scrublands, and deserts.

Starlings in Homes

Residential lawns offer starlings an abundance of some of their favorite foodstuffs, including grasshoppers, beetles, flies, caterpillars, snails, earthworms, and spiders. As such, the pest birds set up nests in ornamental lawn tree cavities, holes in buildings, and any other available nook or cranny that provides suitable protection. They tend to construct their homes on the outsides of buildings as opposed to nesting in attics, like many other species of birds.


As an invasive species, starlings cause their fair share of destruction. Since they enjoy eating fruits like grapes, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and apples, they are often considered agricultural nuisances. Additionally, starlings make trouble on farms where livestock are kept by stealing food and spreading diseases. When they gather in particularly large numbers, starling flocks riddle golf courses, lawns, and parks with holes while they forage, damaging costly landscaping. Finally, their droppings are odorous and contribute to the spread of the respiratory disease histoplasmosis.


Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease. This disease is caused by a fungus that grows in soil enriched in animal droppings. As starling droppings accumulate and stay in your attic for some time, the fungus will grow - Creating a health hazard in your own home!

Starling Control

Critter Control of Kansas City experts have extensive knowledge in starling control. Your specialists will be able to exclude the birds, repair damages, remove messes, and prevent future problems! Give us a call today if you are experiencing starling problems in your home.

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