City of Grand Island treats starling population
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A central Nebraska city is taking measures to reduce its starling population due to health concerns.
According to a news release, city workers in Grand Island treated and reduced the local starling population on Tuesday morning using DRC-1339. This chemical is used specifically for birds. This is the 19th consecutive year the city has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the endeavor.
The city said the chemical doesn’t harm other animals and the targeted birds die between 24 to 36 hours after consuming the treated feed.
Officials said that people should dispose of any deceased birds in trash containers if they find them. They suggest using gloves or a bag to pick them up.
According to the release, residents had voiced concerns regarding noise and filth related to the birds, but the most concerning part is the health nuisance caused from the droppings of the birds.
Starlings can also spread anything from salmonella, West Nile Virus and E. coli.