Chasteen said the loud booms being used by Critter Control seem to be helping, but others are more skeptical.
“I don’t think this will relieve the problem,” Brower said. “If it works, that’s great. The birds fly away and come right back.”
Dale said he believes the birds are nesting in the mobile home community because the trees are the first on the north side of Kokomo.
Wilms said the starling has gained notoriety for roosting in urban areas in large numbers, but also likes to roost in rural areas.
He said he didn’t think the effort to relocate the birds in Kokomo would be successful, noting they will just fly to another tree.
Troy Pell, a three-year resident, said the birds have always been a problem, but never like this.
“I’ve seen the guys working; in my opinion it hasn’t helped,” he said. “They’re chasing the birds around the trailer court.”
Dale said he will be at the community for a week and then return every other day for the next few weeks.
“We can’t control where they go, I hope they leave town,” he said. “We’ll keep coming back until the birds are gone.”
Brower said since he doesn’t have mature trees on his property, the problem is not as bad as for him as it is for his neighbors.
He sprays off the neighbor’s ramp leading to their door and the side of their home every day.
“If you park underneath a tree, you have a mess,” Brower said.
He used to give the birds a blast from an air horn, but learned it didn’t help.
Phyllis Bogson moved to Kokomo from Florida two months ago and noticed the problem right away.
“It’s creating quite a mess,” she said. “It’s horrible. We just cleaned the walkway last Monday and it needs to be done again. I washed my car over the weekend; it was a mess.”