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National Pest Management Association

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dear LaVerne, Starlings are considered a nuisance pest because they tend to gather in large roosting flocks. As you described, their noise and droppings can be objectionable. At dawn, starlings will fly as far as 70 miles from their roosting site to a feeding site, returning to their feeding site again at dusk. Starlings are of medical concern because they can carry more than 25 different diseases, including encephalitis and salmonellosis, as well as ectoparasites such as mites. They can also spread livestock diseases from one farm to another, and can cause considerable damage in orchards and fruit/vegetable farms. These birds are quick to adjust to sounds and lights, so firecrackers may be effective for a short while, but are likely not a long-term solution. Consider contacting a pest professional who is trained in wildlife management. They will be able to survey the problem and recommend one of several effective control options. You can find local pest professionals in your area here:


Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I live in Clarksville, TN. For the past two years from late November to March we have experienced swarms of migrating Starlings that darken the skies coming at 5:05PM and leaving at 6:10AM each day. The numbers seem to increase each year. The stench from their droppings has gotten to be unbearable as I walk every morning at 6:00AM. They squawk all night. Are they a threat to my health ? My neighbors have tried shooting off firecrakers. They just circle and return. Is there something that can be put in the trees?


Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Flo, Thank you for writing. We are sorry to learn that there are groundhogs causing problems in your neighborhood. We would urge you to contact a trained wildlife control professional who can relocate the groundhogs to a safe location. You can use the zip code locator function on to find a qualified pest professional in your area. Good luck!


Saturday, July 7, 2012
we have ground hogs [10] mostly babies, dog down the street is killing them but ... they still here. scary so we do not let he dog in the yard alone he's little and could get hurt. I keep a knife with me sad but true cause the city will not do anything to help. they want me to buy a $300. cage to get them no job

Massey Services

Monday, April 16, 2012
Good point. When it gets cooler, pests, rodents, and wildlife like to find their way inside to stay warm. A lot of people forget that wildlife can also carry disease.

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