Trapping Starlings Works
A study published in 1976, found that nest box traps were effective in capturing starlings. The study took place between February 25 to June June on a fruit farm of about 200 acres. Fruit growers suffer a great deal of damage by starlings, so an effective and efficient method to control them is imperative.
The researchers used 20 traps placed 300 feet apart on utility poles. They used single-nest box so once a trap was filled, it was inactive till the bird was removed. They also disabled the traps on weekends and when weather turned poor. Traps were checked up to 3 times a day on the days they were set. The researchers caught 294 starlings during 57 days of trapping, 199 (67.7%) were males (112 adults and 87 subadults) and 95(32.3%) were females (90 adults and 5 subadults). There was an average of 14.7 birds taken per trap.
Nest boxes can be an effective tool for managing predation to fruit crops by starlings.
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