Rid of Starlings

StarlingMany types of birds nest on or in homes. But one of the most common is the starling. Often the eave vents and roof top openings in our homes are very similar to the areas that Starlings are naturally attracted to.

As the original light weight screen applied on the back sides of eave vents and roof vents ages, it gets even softer and becomes brittle – a combination that just wont hold up to a determined bird beak.

Safeguard gets rid of Starlings

At Safeguard, we often get rid of starlings by installing strong metal bird screens from the exterior. These metal bird screens will last for dozens of years and they blend in very well on most homes. (see pictures below)

We treat Starling nesting areas with diatomaceous earth or silica gel – to eliminate bird parasites. Parasites that eat wool rugs and clothing, and parasites that bite people. Since Starlings usually nest very close to the outside edge of the eave, just inside the roof, there is often not enough room for us to remove nesting materials.


Getting rid of starlings with screen (just a few examples):
Bird Block Screens

Bird screening over eave vents (bird block).

From ground level, installed screens over bird blocks blend in very well.

So well they are almost impossible to see in pictures. We have been installing these screens, to rave reviews for over 20 years – they really do get rid of Starlings.

Soffit screens

Bird screen over continuous soffit vents.

We can install continuous eave screens with or without wooden trim pieces.



Box Outs

Bird screening on roof surfaces.

Sometimes there are openings where different levels of roof meet or overlap. These areas are harder to get into but we can usually still screen them to keep birds (especially pigeons and starlings) and / or rodents, out.

What it takes to get rid of Starlings

It is important to install these bird screens – in every potential nesting or activity area. If you only apply bird screening to the current activity areas, the birds will just move over and attack nearby areas. Birds return to the same neighborhoods and the same homes, year after year.

Also, it is less expensive to have all the areas screened in one visit than to pay for many return visits. Call us for a free no-obligation bird screen quote. Most homes will qualify for a ten year warranty. Safeguard has been getting rid of Starlings and providing proven pest control solutions for all kinds of pests for over 20 Years.


We don’t recommend that homeowners attempt to get rid of starlings themselves for two reasons:


In the U.S. more than 500,000 people a year are treated for ladder related injuries, and that number does not include people who suffered injuries but did not go to a medical care provider for treatment. About 300 people in the U.S. die from ladder related injuries annually. Estimated annual cost of ladder related injuries is $11 billion, including work loss, medical, legal, liability, and pain and suffering expenses.


Starlings carry lice, mites, and other parasites. Screening out birds without treating for potential parasites could lead to parasites filtering down into the structure and infesting your living area. The cost of treating your home for parasites could be much higher than the cost of professional bird screening.


Additional bird control materials and basic applications can be found at: Commercial Bird Control


Residential Pest Control Customers

Information on residential services, service programs, and service preparation sheets can be found at our Residential Service Center.

Commercial Pest Control Customers

Information on commercial services, service programs, and how Safeguard can save you money, can be found at our Commercial Pest Control Center.

*Starling image courtesy of: Lee Karney
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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