Birds are nesting in the attic of a duplex I manage for my sister. Entrance
is through round halls(about 3" in diameter) cut into the walls of the house
just below the roofline. At one time all the holes were covered with screen
mesh. Over the years the mesh has disappeared from some of the holes and
there are starlings nesting in the attic.
What would be the most humane and safest method to use to get the starlings
to leave the attic without harming them? Also is this the time of year when
they are having baby birds and if so when would that period end. I will be
able to nail up new screening just as soon as the birds are out, so I will
not have to worry about them returning.
Most birds breed in the spring, or sometimes twice/year,
spring and fall. Chicks are fledged within 2-3 months
after hatching. If possible, wait until late winter to seal
If you need to get rid of the birds sooner, and your city
or county has a local ASPCA chapter, or an avian vet,
call them for a referral.
"European Starlings can carry diseases that are transmissible to
livestock and to people, including TGE (transmissible gastroenteritis
- a disease of swine), blastomycosis, and samonella."
"In addition to the problems they create for people, European
Starlings also have detrimental effects on native ecosystems,
particularly through their tendency to out compete native bird species
for food and nest sites."
- Nehmo -
You stopped quoting before this sentence:
"The study concluded however, that starling droppings were not a
significant source of human infection"
Moreover, you didn't mention that starlings limit the insect population.
Which would you rather have, flies and mosquitoes, or starlings?
We are currently having this same problem.
Our birds, apparently, are gaining access to our attic through vents
they have pecked at and pushed up to squeeze through. Because we are
remodeling our master bath and have the shower ceiling currently open
to the attic (for electrical and plumbing work), we have had SEVERAL
birds come into our master bath. Two days ago, I came home to find
TWO birds flying around our bathroom. I decided it was time to call
a wild animal control service.
For $169, they came out, extracted the birds (humanely caught and
released outside), inspected where they were coming in, cleaned up
the birds nests, and for $59 more got on our steep room and fixed one
of the problem areas. We chose not to have them replace the vents at
this time, as we are currently looking to replace the current vents
with attic fans. In the meantime, we have sealed the vents from the
inside to prevent continued access.
In my opinion, this was $200 well spent.
- Nehmo -
The birds aren't intruding the living space., there's no indication a
tenant has suffered any damages, and the landlord is addressing the
Lawyers want cases that have a good possibility of yielding some money.
There's nothing in this situation.
The landlord is to be applauded for showing concern for wild animals.
Indeed. Now, if you had lawyers infesting the attic...
Just the other day I humanely captured and released rats *and*
termites into the wild. Gave me such a warm and fuzzy feeling. There
is a slug in the garden that I will soon trap and helicopter into the
Starlings are a nuisance. They are filthy and evil. Their very
existence makes the baby jesus cry. They nest in the same spot for
generations, piling up shit and disease. Kill them now, remove all
evidence of their presence, and carefully screen the entry point. Your
tenants will thank you, mother earth will smile and the baby jesus can
dry his tears.
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