Getting rid of canadian geese

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Removing Geese

How to get rid of geese

How do you get rid of geese that have decided to call your property home? To answer that question, you must take a hard look as to why the geese are there in the first place.

What’s attracting geese to your property?

It’s simple, geese need food and water. If you have a pond it is much more difficult to scare geese away as they may decide to reside there. If the geese are only on your property to feed, it is much easier to use the following techniques to cause them to go elsewhere.

How to scare the geese away in a humane manner

  • Take away the food. Remove all birdfeeders and wildlife feeders on the property for a season. As the geese come back to the area, they realize there is no longer food, and eventually will stop coming back.
  • Use a goose repellent or grass treatment. Try using Flight Control and re-apply after every grass cutting. FYI: most grape-based products are ineffective.
  • Use a DIY goose repellent. Take an empty laundry detergent bottle, fill it with rocks, and tie a rope around it. Walk toward the geese shaking the bottle to scare the geese away. The geese will associate fear with the laundry bottle. Every time you see them in your yard, take the bottle and throw it toward them. DO NOT hit the geese with your shaker.
  • Prevent the geese from nesting. If you know where geese have nested on your property before, go to those past nesting sites and place a large, heavy object there (so the geese can’t move it). Maybe a heavy, decorative rock. If you see geese hanging around the nesting site, come back with the DIY laundry detergent bottle shaker to scare them off.

WARNING: if the goose succeeds in laying an egg in a nest, you must cease all goose repellent and scare tactics immediately, and apply for a permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

What if my property has a pond?

If you have a pond on your property, it is more difficult to scare geese or even get rid of a single goose from your pond. We didn’t say impossible though, so here are some tactics:

  • Use your shaker to make noise and throw out in the pond as far as you can every time you see them. Even if they don’t leave each time, you still are an annoyance to them and hopefully this causes the geese leave on their own.
  • Grid your pond with wire if it is not too large. Run wire across your pond in 12-inch checker board squares 8-inches off the water. The grid will be too small and too low for geese to land or walk in. Don’t worry, mallard ducks should not have a problem.
  • If you see any nesting areas on the pond, utilize the same four tactics given at the beginning of this article. And remember, if a goose does lay an egg, stop all goose scaring tactics immediately and please contact the Ohio Division of Wildlife for the proper permit.

How often do I need to scare the geese?

Scaring geese away from your home, business, or property is a time-consuming process that must be done every day. Once your resident birds are evicted, the entire process of re-infestation can start again if you do not continue to employ the scare techniques to any new goose that visit. That is why Go Geese Go excels. Our only job is to scare geese away and keep your property as goose free as possible.

So, what does Go Geese Go do and how are they humane?

Go Geese Go uses highly trained working dogs that visit your property twice a day. The birds perceive the dogs as predators and they will simply choose to live somewhere else. A heavily infested property may take several years of service to modify the bird’s behavior, but when that is achieved, new birds will not be allowed to call your property “home” any more.

Go Geese Go is a humane solution as we go to great lengths to ensure the birds are not harmed. There is no magic goose repellent chemical, light, noise maker, distress call, fake coyote or pond design that will 100% scare geese away. But a live perceived predator invading their “home” day after day after day works every time! Our favorite properties to work with include:

  • Corporate campuses
  • Class “A” office buildings
  • Shopping centers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical facilities
  • Apartment complexes
  • Homeowner associations

Go Geese Go services the Columbus and Central Ohio area. For more information on our services and how we work, call the geese experts today (614) 841-GONE (4663) or .

Geese are among the largest birds in North America. Gathering in large groups, geese can destroy landscapes and leave behind a lot of waste. Geese repellent methods are often harmful to the birds and the environment or just don’t work. Finding an effective way to remove geese can be a challenge, but there are plenty of options out there.

Determine Why They’ve Arrived

Geese didn’t choose your property just to annoy you; they’re there for a reason. Geese aren’t very afraid of human interaction, and a common reason they’re on your property is because there is a food source. There are, however, many other reasons as to why they reside on your land, including:

  • Large, flat areas of land creates a safe area for them to gather and raise their young.
  • They’re being fed by humans (commonly occurring in corporate office complexes).
  • Large bodies of water on your property naturally attract them.

Implement A Method of Removal

Once you’ve determined why the geese are on your property, you can create a plan for removal. It’s highly likely that cutting off their food source won’t work, considering a lot of them feed on grass. There are a few ways to deter them from your property such as:

    • Restrict access to water sources– Geese are waterfowls, so setting up barriers around bodies of water that prevent in and out access can deter them.
    • Plant tall shrubbery- Geese become uncomfortable when they don’t have a clear line of sight. Break up their line of sight by placing tall grasses, rocks or shrubs on your property.
    • Setup decoys– Decoys work great both on land and in the water. Just move them regularly so the geese don’t become aware they’re fake.
    • Apply liquid bird repellent– Liquid bird repellents can be sprayed on nearly any surface and can permanently rid your property of geese.

SEE MORE: How To Handle Unwanted Canadian Geese

How To Keep Geese Away With Avian Migrate

Whether geese are causing severe damage to your property or are leaving behind their droppings, it’s time to send them packing. Avian Migrate by Avian Enterprises is a non-lethal liquid bird repellent that is not only effective but also produces long-lasting results. Composed of food grade ingredients, the liquid deterrent can be applied by spraying or fogging. Applications last up to two weeks and can cost as little as $12.50 per acre of land. Don’t let geese be party-poopers on your properties any longer.

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Geese and Your Property

Few sights are as majestic as a flock of geese flying overhead in a large V-shaped pattern. Geese are beautiful creatures to watch and can signal the changing of the seasons as they migrate. While they are beautiful to watch soaring overhead, dealing with them on your property is another matter entirely.

A flock of geese will fight, poop, and honk all day, every day. If you own a golf course, restaurant, fitness center, apartment complex, or any other business where your grass and fields are directly tied to your income, having a flock of loud, messy birds is only going to hurt your business. And even if you don’t own a business, having geese make their home on your property is a surefire way to ruin your spring and summer afternoons (not to mention sleep patterns).

A Quick Overview

Want to know how to get rid of geese for good? First, it’s helpful to understand them in greater detail. Geese and other waterfowl (such as ducks and swans) cover a wide range of species. However, most issues are caused by Canadian Geese. This species is easily identified by their long, black necks and grayish-brown bodies. These animals (and many other similar waterfowl) are known to mate for life. They are also social creatures and love spending time in large groups. Their tendency to group together for life means that when you have a goose problem, you are dealing with dozens (and even hundreds) of geese, not just one or two.

Canadian Geese (and many other common species) will migrate to and from the same location annually. They have a strong desire to mate and give birth in the general area they were born. This means your goose problem isn’t going to go away when the season changes. Combine their ubiquitous distribution with their ability to migrate 2,000–3,000 miles, and you have a problem that can’t be eliminated by moving. And when you consider they can live up to 25 years, it’s easy to see why they can become a permanent problem.

The Problems They Cause

If you are looking for solutions for your goose problem, you are already aware of some of the issues they can cause. The primary reasons you don’t want geese on or around your property include the following:

  • A flock of geese can easily over-graze a lawn or field, leaving the entire area barren and lifeless. If you own a golf course, park, or other outdoor area, a flock of geese can easily render the area useless or damaged. Re-seeding and repairing the damage can cost thousands of dollars and is not a permanent solution (since the geese will return annually and do the exact same thing each year).
  • Geese are aggressive during mating season and while protecting their young. Adult geese will chase people, pets, and anything that happens to approach their territory. If this is happening on or around your business, it’s certain that customers will be scared away.
  • Geese are prolific producers of waste. Not only are their droppings large and messy, but they produce a rotten smell that can travel for hundreds of feet and make living, standing, eating, or shopping nearby very miserable.
  • A flock of geese is loud; no matter what type of business you own or where you live, the noise a flock of geese makes will be a nuisance and distracting.

Keeping Them Away

Keeping a flock of geese away from a field or pond presents a unique set of challenges. With sparrows, pigeons, and other birds that land on the eaves of your roof or window sills, a few bird spikes are all you need to stop the problem. While bird spikes won’t work with geese, we can help you effectively eliminate the problem through the following methods:

  • When you have a large area of land that you need to protect, the first thing you should do is add visual and audio decoys to your property. Not all birds respond to decoys and visual threats. However, decoys have been proven to successfully deter large flocks of geese. We carry a range of visual deterrents that, when used individually or together, will help solve the problem. Visual deterrents range from coyote decoys to flashing lights and strips of reflective materials. Audio deterrents work just as well as visual deterrents, come in a variety of sizes and styles, and include solar-powered options (which are perfect for golf courses and other areas where power is hard to come by).
  • One of the best products you can use to keep geese away is a liquid goose repellent. This EPA-approved liquid contains a harmless chemical that geese abhor. They refuse to mate, nest, eat, or congregate anywhere near the product. It is safe to use, won’t wash away, and is easy to apply. Best of all, humans won’t notice it’s even there.
  • One final way of keeping geese away from your property is to use bird wiring or nets. Nets and wiring make it hard for geese to land, walk, or swim wherever the products are placed.

Problem Solved

The best way to keep geese away from your property or pond is to use a combination of products. By placing a liquid deterrent around the edges of ponds and near your buildings or populated areas along with installing decoys in key locations, you can effectively prevent geese from ever returning. Add in netting and wiring in select locations and the only place you will see geese is flying majestically overhead.

How to Get Rid of Canada Geese


It is my goal to educate the public about Canada Geese, birds, and other wildlife, and provide tips for safe, effective, and responsible wildlife removal.

HUMANE HINTS: In most cases, you don’t need to trap or kill geese at all – just scare them away! NEVER attempt to poison geese. Use herding dogs or loud noises to scare them off. Install netting or fencing in areas you want to keep goose-free. Read below for how-to hints.

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How to Get Rid of Canada Geese – Geese are a common bird in North America and are a part of the background in any park, city or backyard. As long as there is a water source nearby, you can be sure to have Canada Geese. These are resilient birds that can live in a variety of different climates, but must like near lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams or creeks because this is where they get most of their food. Canada Geese usually eat insects and small fish that can be found in water but are also known to eat water plants and seeds/grains that are thrown to them by passer-bys. While it is fine to feed them every once in awhile, feeding geese food can severely damage their digestive system. Not to mention that if you are trying to get rid of them, they will only keep coming back if they know you have food. Most people do not consider

Canada Geese to be a problem, but for some, these birds are a nuisance and are desperate to get rid of them. Geese leave a lot of droppings which are both unsanitary and make all the surfaces around their nests slippery and unsafe. Not only do geese leave massive amounts of droppings that are hazardous, but they make an enormous amount of noise. If the population grows very large, very fast you will hear tremendous amounts of noise and have a problem with geese gangs. Geese gangs are not dangerous, but if you or your pet comes too close to their territory they will chase and honk at you. If you want to get rid of your Canada Geese problem, then try out a few of these tips:

  • The key to reducing or getting rid of your Canada Geese population is to make your property as inhospitable as possible. You can do that in many different ways. One way is to NOT FEED THEM. Geese can become domesticated very quickly if they are getting the majority of their food from you. You may even want to put up a sign that says to not feed the geese if there is a chance that people walking by may feed them. Not only will the geese stay close to you, but they will also attract more geese to come and get food from you.
  • Put up decoys. Putting up swan decoys has been shown to be effective in getting rid of Canada Geese. Swans and Canada Geese do not get along because both species aggressively protect their young. You do not need to have these all the time, but put them up during the time when the geese are migrating to your area.
  • Another way that you can make your property unattractive to geese is to let the grasses around your lake or ponds grow really tall (around 20 inches) and wide (a couple of feet). This makes your property look shaggy and un-kept but letting the plants grow limits the easy access that Canada Geese are used to and chances are they will find somewhere else to nest for the year.
  • Canada Geese hate places that change all the time or that has a lot of loud, sudden noises. During the migration seasons, it would be helpful to have an air horn around or something that makes a similar noise to scare the geese away when they try to land on your water. Also, shooting a gun at them (whether you are hunting them or not) will do the same thing. If they sense danger, they will not land there. However, if you are not hunting them for food, please do not purposely shoot at them if you just want to scare them.

More in-detail how-to Canada Geese removal articles:
Information about Canada Goose trapping – analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a Canada Goose – with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep Canada Geese away – prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a Canada Goose – remove one stuck in the house.
Information about Canada Goose repellent – analysis of types and effectiveness.

Canada Goose Information & Facts

Canada Goose Appearance: The Canada goose is a large bird, usually weighing around twenty pounds, with a long, black neck and white to gray body. This bird is sometimes more brown than gray, though no specific reason for the color variation exists. These geese have a characteristic white marking on their faces behind the bill and below the eye. The head of this species is always black. Using bodies of water as a primary food and habitat source, the feet of this goose are webbed and strong, able to propel the bird through strong currents. Wing spans are approximately six feet long, enabling the Canada goose to take off while out on the surface of water.
Canada Goose Habitat and Behavior: These birds are found mostly in North America with a few scatterings of populations in Europe and Asia. Breeding takes place in Canada and the northern part of the United States near the banks of a body of water. These geese lay three to eight eggs in shallow bowls lined with vegetation once a year. The birds mate for life and will find a new mate if one is killed. Goose eggs are a primary source of food for predators such as foxes, raccoons, ravens, and bears.
The Canada goose is a migratory bird, leaving its northern summer habitats for warmer climates during the winter season. This migration instinct has lessened in some flocks where food is available throughout the year regardless of temperature. Migrating geese can be identified by the known V-shape of their flocks while in flight. This shape makes the group more aerodynamic. The bird at the head of the V will rotate the energy-sapping position with others. Because they are migratory, certain federal regulations protect geese from unauthorized removal, relocation, and extermination.
The Canada goose is known to be protective and territorial. Even when accustomed to food offerings from humans, geese can become aggressive and can chase down a person with the intent to steal the food. This behavior is especially common between geese and small children. If feeling threatened, the male geese will attempt to ward off a predator while the females and hatchlings head into the water.
Canada Goose Diet: Like most birds living in aquatic areas, Canada geese have flat bills designed for consumption of vegetation, though they will often eat small fish and a variety of insects. During migration, planned resting stops are often in crop fields of corn, wheat, or beans. The goose will eat numerous grasses, tearing sections of the vegetation with a forceful yank. Algae and silt on the bottom of lakes and ponds is another important source of food for the goose. Human interference foods include bread, fast food, and leftover garbage.
Canada Goose Nuisance Concerns: The aggressive nature of geese makes them difficult to manage, especially once they have been fed by passersby. Migratory geese will often settle in private ponds inside communities, golf courses, and parks. These areas are protected from most predators and have an ample food supply from people and naturally occurring vegetation. The elimination of goose waste creates a greater concern in these situations. Geese will often excrete waste matter wherever they travel. The mixture poses sanitation concerns and can be detrimental to buildings and landscapes. As a lesser nuisance, the occasional goose will be sucked into an aircraft engine, resulting in engine failure and an emergency landing or crash.
Canada Goose Diseases: E.coli and its sub-bacterium are the most common zoonotic issues with Canada geese. E.coli can cause severe gastrointestinal issues in humans and can result in death. Contamination of water supplies through direct and indirect contact is a legitimate concern when it comes to the amount of goose waste in a given area. Fecal material is prone to drainage into lakes and ponds, posing a threat to swimmers and any humans using the body of water for utility purposes.
You’re here to learn how to get rid of Canada Geese from your yard and property. This site is intended to provide Canada Geese education and information, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a Canada Geese problem. This site provides many Canada Geese control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of Canada Geese removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance Canada Geese.

How to Get Rid of Canadian Geese

Below is my advice for getting rid of a Canada Goose problem. However, if it proves ineffective in your case, you have the option to hire a Professional Goose Removal Company in your area to take care of the problem. You may also email me with any questions you have.
We all enjoy the sight of geese overhead, signaling the coming or going of our coldest months. In a pond, lake or river, geese are also a majestic, impressive visual of coordination and communication. Geese, however, can be an incredible nuisance bird especially due to their tendency to gather in mass quantities, and leave lots of goose poo everywhere. Some Canada geese have become non-migratory, presenting a year-round problem for the places they decide to claim as homes.
Canada geese pose a problem to humans on many different levels. Not only do geese pass waste in large amounts, the waste matter is usually haphazard, and spans the entire territory the flock has settled on. The specific grasses that serve as food for the Canada goose are quickly eaten, opening the banks of ponds and lakes to excessive erosion. Loss of crops due to long durations of stay, and poor water quality caused by fecal matter runoff are also serious concerns. Canada geese have been known to attack people if they feel threatened, but a more deadly threat is that of geese flying into the engines of aircraft and causing equipment failure.
The Canada goose returns to the same nesting sites every year. Once a goose problem, always a goose problem unless immediately handled with appropriate methods. Canada geese are protected under multiple laws, so eliminating them will take some research and the help of a professional. You can’t just shoot them.
The first stage of eliminating your goose problem is to try to eliminate the food source. If you have a flock of geese residing in your corn field, this is a moot point. Geese in an urban setting, however, are more easily managed by preventing the public from offering handouts of food. Public interference, whether by deliberate feeding or poor garbage removal, is a huge hindrance when dealing with a problematic flock of geese.

One practical way to handle geese is to capture and remove them. During one point of the year, geese are rendered flightless, and thus are more easily netted. Cannon nets are generally shot over a grouping of Canada geese and then slowly reeled in. The object is to contain the geese without causing too much panic and thus injury to the birds. Often, a pond is baited with grain prior to netting to distract the geese while they are obtained. Or, they can just be rounded up, herded basically, into pens!
Harassing geese is often allowed by law, and is the attempt to frighten them away from their current lodgings. Geese are so used to human interaction, however, that this tactic usually only works for a short period of time before the flock adapts to the situation. Noise is also a tool used to deter birds from a specific location. Loud, periodic bursts of sound will frighten birds. Again, after a period of usefulness, the geese tend to become desensitize to sound tactics.
Animal vs. animal efforts can work effectively. A well-trained dog can be invaluable against warding off geese. Many breeds work well, and of course, Border Collies are great at Canada Goose control! Birds of prey, commonly trained for hunting, can also be employed to discourage the Canada goose from flying in. The downside to animal warding is that once the predatory animal is removed, the geese often come right back. But a good program of harassment by dogs really can convince them to move elsewhere. If they do return, just call in the dogs again, and the geese will get the idea.
Relocating Canada geese can be challenging. The birds have a homing instinct that will draw them back to places they previously found favorable. If geese are relocated, the area should be as enticing as possible, rich in food, water, and vegetation. Sometimes, even if all the pieces are in place, geese will still return to the place they were removed from.

Another legal tactic is egg addling. This process involves messing with a nest of eggs to make them infertile, so that a female goose wastes all her time sitting on a clutch of eggs that will never hatch. If she knows that the eggs have been destroyed, she will just lay another nest full, so you must be fairly discreet about it. The eggs shouldn’t look, smell, or feel different as a result of the addling. One good method is to coat the eggs in corn oil, which deprives the embryo of oxygen, so it never develops.
Removing Canada geese is for professionals only. If harassment techniques do not work for you, use the directory of professionals for additional aid. For other bird removal and control information, go to may main bird removal page.

How To Get Rid Of Geese

Majestically flying in the sky, geese are the pleasant sight inspiring the feeling of the human unity with nature. But the things change once geese settle in the area of your property. That is when they turn into a sheer nuisance, particularly where a hundred-pound giant Canada geese are involved. These are one of the largest flying birds in the world and they are able to produce as much as one and a half pounds of feces daily. Worse still, they inflict a wide range of damage to humans and their properties, starting with provoking road accidents, attacking kids, consuming and trampling crops, to leaving feces which contaminate the area and spread diseases hazardous to humans. Because Canada geese adapt easily to most environments both in towns and suburbs, keeping them away has become more challenging.

How to get rid of geese? What kind of damage do they cause? What geese control methods are suggested by scientists? What goose repellent products are available on and which of them rate higher in consumer reviews. These are the issues we have covered in this review. To facilitate your choice of a goose control approach, we have supplemented the review with a comparison chart of the most recommended methods.

Table of Contents:

  • Why Should You Keep Geese Away?
  • How To Get Rid Of Geese: What Scientists Say
  • How To Scare Off Geese
  • Is Goose Repellent An Effective Method?
  • TOP-10 Goose Repellents & Deterrents

Why Should You Keep Geese Away?

Referring to geese as a pest, scientists distinguish urban ones which largely inhabit towns and suburbs. They are either resident geese or so-called migrants, with the latter spending all seasons but summer in urban or suburban areas. Canada geese, the largest ones in species, summer in Canada but as soon as it is getting cold, they head for the southern United States. So, watching geese flying in a V formation, one will get a clear message from nature that the season is changing.

Most conflicts with property owners happen in places with large congregations of geese. First of all, problems arise from a direct contact with humans. Crossing roads in search of food or water, they threaten public safety and often become causes of traffic accidents. Geese are likely to attack and nip people, particularly kids, if they believe their nest is put at risk. This may be the case even though there is no real threat to their eggs or goslings.

The reason why you should learn how to keep geese off your lawn is the extent of the harm they can cause. Scientists from the Ohio State University note that the excessive consumption of turfgrass practically converts the lawn into a bare soil what leads to erosion. This may result in a considerable economic loss as the owner will have to spend extra money on replacing the grass. These pests are able to devour almost all agriculture grain crops while anything that has not been eaten may be trampled by geese. In spring, the damage can be appreciable for farmers growing cereal grains and sunflowers. In fall, swathed grains are typically consumed or trampled while, in winter, wheat crops are endangered. As a rule, geese forage in large groups, which is why the damage is tangible, be it agricultural fields, lawns or gardens.

But most of all, geese are known as a nuisance pest. They drop feces around in a casual manner contaminating soil in parks, lawns, patios and many other public spaces as well as private premises. The amount of the accumulated faces may be so considerable that a severe situation arises where people begin to avoid visiting these areas. Apart from that, goose feces contain pathogens which can contaminate water and cause human diseases if such water is injected. As scientists from the Center for Surgery, Naperville, put it, due to the increasing number of Canadian geese population, such healthcare problems as botulism and salmonella emerge in the areas of large congregations of geese. This also results in the necessity for extra spending on the treatment of water coming from reservoirs where geese gather.

How To Get Rid Of Geese: What Scientists Say

Long-term solutions are the best ones as they allow to permanently solve the problem. So, if you are considering how to keep geese away, the first move in your strategy should be habitat modification with the aim of removing food and water sources attracting geese. Once these pests find out that there is nothing in your lawn to satisfy their needs, they will lose interest to the location and stop visiting it.

Primarily, do not practice hand feeding of geese and convince your neighbors not to do it either. This may sound strange, but feeding geese increases their aggressiveness and provokes to attack people as they get accustomed to receiving food and become angry when denied it. But most importantly, hand feeding habituates geese to the location and makes them perceive it as a source of easily accessible food. The next move is getting rid of waterfowl decoys from ponds and pools because they attract geese and for this reason are popular among hunters. Perhaps the most important measure to be taken is to alter the landscape to make it less appealing to geese.

“From a Goose’s point of view, a mowed grassy lawn leading to an open body of water is ideal habitat. Ponds provide a safety zone and lawns provide plenty of food with little cover for potential predators. Any deviation from this will make geese uncomfortable and less likely to use the area,” scientists from the West Chester University say. So, eliminate grassy slopes providing an easy access to the pond and create a steep bank with the height of at least three feet along the perimeter. Apart from that, take an advantage of the tall grass which will serve as an additional obstacle. Put together, these measures will deter geese from using the location, particularly those with goslings. You may also plant vegetations which are disliked by geese, such as tall fescue causing stomack distress after ingestion. Tall prairie grass planted along shorelines makes geese feel unsafe as they cannot see and properly assess the situation and detect the potential presence of a predator. However, geese may adapt to it, then you will have to expand the plantations. One of the most efficient solutions is to surround the pond with trees as this will deprive geese of an open area to land and will prevent sunlight from penetrating through the branches making the grass less enticing to geese.

Exclusion. Another long-term approach is exclusion or creating artificial barriers preventing geese from entering the forbidden zone. At this point, the best option for you is erecting a fence. Scientists from the Cornell Cooperative Extension at the University of Wisconsin recommend barriers made from mylar tape, metal mesh, plastic netting, wood such as corn cribbing, as well constructions from monofilament and steel wire.

Be sure that openings do not exceed three inches and the fence is not less than thirty inches in height. If you decide on mylar tape, make sure that the strands are supported every twenty feet and the mylar is secured to the posts. Make the fence as long as possible in order to rule out the possibility of geese walking around it. However, the major drawback for all kinds of fences is that they will not stop flying geese from getting into the prohibited zone. This is also the case with electric fences but the advantage of this type of constructions is that they deter by a shock. What makes against electric fences is the power consumption resulting in extra expenditure. Also, electric fences should be regularly checked with a voltmeter to make sure the system is functioning properly. You should also clear the grass around the construction to exclude the possibility of a contact with the strands. A good option will be using a solar-powered fencing.

Experts with the Center for Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution suggest constructing a wire grid above the surface of water so that geese will not be able to land there. Another solution is building barriers of large stones which are not less than two feet in diameter. Place them randomly along the water surface and geese will not be able to freely walk from the grassy area to the water. You may create two barriers: one of the tall grass and the other made of stones.

How To Scare Off Geese

Scare tactics are particularly popular with landowners because geese can be easily frightened, be it any unknown object or noisemakers. However, this is a short-term solution and in order not to let geese get used to these devices, change their location from time to time. Also, take into consideration that you will have to get a special federal permit to be allowed to frighten nesting geese.

Nell Orscheln from the Clemson Extension Service suggests using noise-making devices only in sparsely populated areas, otherwise, loud noises may disturb the residents. Such techniques include pyrotechnics, screamers, firing blanks, air horns, whistles, as well as recorded goose distress calls. Be sure you follow the manufacturer’s instruction when using noisemakers as they may threaten the human health if handled improperly.

Propane cannons work by producing loud blasts and in the quantity of four items can protect an area of about twenty-five acres. Pyrotechnics should be fired to disturb a group of geese on land or water. Try recording and then playing back loud distress calls of the geese inhabiting the area. However, distress calls will work only when other methods are engaged so that geese will not habituate to them.

Experts with the Pennsylvania State University advise placing visual devices such as balloons at a three-acre interval and before geese have settled in the area. The strong point of visual goose deterrents is that they can be installed in any urban or suburban area without disturbing neighbors. Let’s have a look at what kind of visual deterrents are offered to keep geese away. First, try a so-called scare tape with a width of half an inch, colored in red on one side and silver on the other. It can be tied to a fence to enhance the efficiency of goose control. Another solution is to put garbage bags on poles what should ward off geese from landing in that location.

A good but quite expensive idea is to engage remote controlled boats or aircrafts. If you still decide on this option, remember that these devices should be applied as goose deterrents only and any physical contact must be avoided. Stake helium balloons in the lawn or over water, with the size not exceeding two feet in diameter, otherwise, they will resist to the wind. Those with eye spots are considered to repel geese better. Among other recommended goose deterrents, there are swan decoys which should be placed in number of at least four items to imitate the presence of a swan family. A traditional scarecrow will keep geese away in case it moves, has a bright color and large eyes.

The dog, man’s best friend, will also have a chance to do a favor to its owner. They are often engaged in deterring geese from golf courses and will readily protect the private area surrounding the house. But this solution will be effective only if geese see the dog frequently what will discourage them from returning to the location.

Is Goose Repellent An Effective Method?

Chemical goose repellent should be applied to the sites where lots of geese usually gather and it is preferred by many homeowners because of not being dangerous for geese. The main drawback of this method is that its effect does not last for a long time and there is the need for repeated applications. On average, the product should be sprayed approximately every five days, with additional applications after heavy rains.

Scientists from the Ohio State University say that there are effective goose repellents registered by EPA — methyl anthranilate and anthraquinone. These compounds are naturally occurring chemicals without hazardous residue. Methyl anthranilate works through affecting the taste of the grass so that it repels geese. Products based on anthraquinone target digestion of geese causing a stomach discomfort. These substances are not washed off with the rain while mowing reduces their effect. A drawback for these solutions is that they come at a high cost, particularly when a large area needs to be sprayed. If not to treat the entire area available to geese, they will find the patches which have not been sprayed and all your efforts will be in vain.

Geese Control Methods: Comparison Table

Method Type Advantage Disadvantage Effectiveness
Reducing food availability habitat modification geese lose the habit of visiting the site; long-term solution effective only in a combination with other methods 9
Altering the landscape habitat modification geese feel unsafe and uncomfortable, lose the habit of visiting the site; especially deters geese with goslings; long-term solution labor-consuming; reduces accessibility to the pond for humans as well; tall grass is a favorable environment for many pest insects. 10
Fencing exclusion very effective if constructed properly; not expensive; electric shock is an additional deterrent; keeps geese away without harming them geese may fly over the fence; labor-consuming; except for fences made from wood, is not in harmony with the surrounding landscape; electric fences are energy-consuming 10
Noise-making devices (pyrotechnics, distress calls etc) Frightening popular because geese are easy to frighten; make geese believe that the site is unsafe not recommended for densely populated areas as noises will disturb people; special federal permit is required to frighten nesting geese; hazardous to humans if not handled properly; short-term solution; geese habituate to scare tactics 8
Visual goose deterrents (scare tapes, balloons, swan decoys) Frightening can be placed in any urban or suburban area without disturbing its residents; popular because geese are easy to frighten; there is a wide choice of visual deterrents; visual deterrents can be handmade geese have to see the deterrents frequently, in different positions and places as they easily get used to them; short-term solution 9
sprays (methyl anthranilate, anthraquinone) repellent effective when applied to the sites of large congregations of geese; does not harm the geese; there are two compounds suggested by scientists: methyl anthranilate and anthraquinone; do not have dangerous residue; not washed off with rains mowing reduces the repellent effect; expensive, especially for large areas; short-term solution; should be re-applied every five days 10

TOP-10 Goose Repellents & Deterrents

Below you will find 10 products useful for keeping geese out of the property. A monofilament fishing line is good for creating a physical barrier while a huge goose fence will be a ready-made solution for you. There are two goose deterrent devices, one of which scares geese off by the startling sound and sprinkled water while the other emits a wide range of noises including those produced by predators and cars. A hand painted swan decoy will not only serve as a goose repellent but also as an excellent decoration. A 3D predator replica with a moving fluffy tail looks very realistic and frightening. A holographic scare tape reflects the light in every direction what frightens geese. Two options of liquid barriers based on natural ingredients vary in prices and the area coverage.

Berkley Trilene Big Game Monofilament Custom Spool

Scientists recommend using a monofilament fishing line in creating barriers for geese. As experts at the West Chester University put it, the advantage of a monofilament line is that it is strong and unobtrusive. The product is available in different colors ranging from silver, blue to brown and green so that you can pick up the option which will be in harmony with the landscape. The line is extra tough and can be used underwater and is resistant to shock and abrasion.

How to construct an effective barrier using the monofilament fishing line? According to the Wisconsin University experts, a fence should be made from five lines set at four, eight, twelve, eighteen, and twenty-four inches above the ground. The closer the lines are, the less is the chance for goslings to get through the barrier.

The monofilament fishing line has gained 4.5 out of 5 stars, with over 700 customer reviews. Judging by the feedback, the line is widely applied in arranging all sorts of barriers for wildlife. For example, one user has strung it from the roof to the fence line above a pond to deter herons. “I used it to deter deer from entering my garden, and it works great!” the other customer says.

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4′ x 100′ Freedom Goose Fence

If you need a full-fledged goose fence, this option is definitely for you. All is needed is to fix it to the posts or any other supporting structure. The fence is designed specifically for keeping geese out of the protected area, therefore, it is high enough to prevent the geese from flying over it and is wide enough to protect such places as a pond. Besides, other sizes are available, however, they are pricier. There are options of 5 feet by 330 inches, 6 feet by 100 inches and 7.5 feet by 330 inches. The prices change respectively.

It is made from durable materials with UV inhibitors. Although the fence is a sturdy construction, it is lightweight and easy to handle. The goose fence is a new product on and has gained just one five-star review. It seems that consumers need some time to appreciate the product or, on the contrary, highlight its drawbacks.

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ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent

A traditional scarecrow is a good goose deterrent but the motion-activated one is much better. This one is designed to deter a number of animals and geese as well. The device scares geese both by the startling sound and water so that they are driven out of the area after coming in contact with it and will avoid the site in future. A sudden blast of water frightens but does not harm geese while special sensor lens detect them easily. The device can function at any time of the day or night and in any season. With over 12 inches in height, it covers 1,200 square feet operating on a battery lasting for six months.

The product rates 3.4 out of 5 stars, with most of the customers giving it either five or four stars. The total number of reviews is particularly noteworthy as it amounts to 3,700 customer reviews, most of which are positive. “The geese get a harmless spritz and are so flustered and surprised, they move on to the next house,” one of the users say suggesting that several devices should be bought and tied together to cover a large area. Another customer tells how he has managed to get rid of geese which used his patio as a latrine: “I positioned the scarecrow as a perimeter guard between the lake and our patio and within 24 hours they got the message and leave their gifts far away.”

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Ultrasonic Solar Outdoor Pest Repeller

The repeller scares off geese and other animals with its strobe lights, predator noises, gunshot sounds or car alarm noises emitted by 135dB speakers. The installed solar panel makes the device environmentally friendly and helps you save energy. Moving geese are detected by a PIR sensor within thirty feet, however, if you need to protect a larger area, consider purchasing two and more devices. The repeller can be placed on poles or fixed to the wall depending on where the route of your target is.

Repeller has gained 4.0 out of 5 stars. “The product was easy and quick to install. It continues to effectively drive away all rodents and animals from damaging my lawn,” one consumer commented. “The product has met beyond my expectations and I would strongly recommend this product to anyone who has trouble with keeping animals away from the lawn,” the other user wrote. One more customer noted that an on/off switch on the outside of the device would be preferable. x Product from Amazon, Publisher may get a commission AdChoices Product from Amazon, Publisher may get a commission PestZilla 1 Powerful Solar Ultrasound with Flashing LED Lights Outdoor, Green

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Predator & Swan Decoys

Using decoys you will deter geese without resorting to chemicals or noisy devices, nor will you harm them. However, as we mentioned above, scientists recommend that scare decoys should move all the time to make the geese feel unsafe and not let them habituate to the models. Among predator decoys, those of coyotes, wolves and foxes are largely in demand. Swans are aggressive when protecting their young and territory from intruders and this fact forces geese to stay away. You should understand that decoys is not a sufficient measure to deter geese and other techniques have to be implemented as well. But this kind of deterrent does the job and will be an efficient part of your goose control strategy.

Flambeau Floating Swan, a graceful hand painted decoy, is a nice decoration to your pond and, at the same time, an efficient goose deterrent. The decoy is made of durable plastic and can either float freely or be tied and located in a certain place. Take into consideration that using several such decoys significantly improves the results as in wildlife a pair is more territorial than a lone swan. The swan decoy rates 3.9 out of 5 stars. “Definitely helped keep the geese out of our community pool. Now, if we could only keep the residents from playing with it..” one customer commented. However, some users note that these plastic swans have been ignored by the local geese even though floating in a pair.

3D Coyote Replica with a moving fluffy tail looks very realistic and frightening. It will be easily spotted by geese from a distance scaring them out of the area. However, this coyote replica has turned out to be less popular among users than the swan decoy, rating just 2.8 out of 5 stars. From the consumers’ experiences, this coyote decoy really does a fair job of keeping geese away. Get creative to enhance the decoy’s performance: “A few times I ran towards the geese with the coyote in hand, which really scared them and that completely drove them away,” one customer wrote.

Equally realistic 3D Fox Predator Decoy with a furry tail has scored 2.8 out of 5 stars on as well. “Best investment. Had 40 geese in the yard , not one to be seen since,” one user noted. Some customers did not find the decoy efficient or stressed the necessity to move it several times a day.

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Liquid Fence Goose Repellent

The liquid fence repels geese and is based on natural ingredients including methyl anthranilate. When applied to the soil, the product alters the taste of the grass on the lawn making it unpleasant for geese to consume. Eventually, the liquid works not only as a repellent but also as the way of habitat modification because geese will be forced to look for another location to feed.

Liquid Fence 1466X is a ready-to-use goose repellent spray. It is said to protect up to 4,000 square feet of the area visited by geese. However, it seems that the liquid barrier is not popular with users gaining just 1.8 out of 5 stars. A portion of the buyers is dissatisfied with the spray’s impact on the behavior of geese. Others claim that the coverage does not match the label description: “It has been a couple of weeks since I put it out and so far no geese. However, it said it would cover 4000 square feet. It was spraying very good but did not come close to 4000 sq ft before it was empty,” one consumer wrote. The users are not unanimous on the residue period of the product, with some claiming that it lasts over the course of the entire season and others urging that the residue is no more than two weeks.

Liquid Fence 148 is a gallon of the concentrated liquid which is more expensive than the previous one but it covers a much larger area — up to 16,000 square feet. So come to think of it, you may even save money on purchasing this repellent in case the area you are going to spray around is large enough. As we mentioned before, it is impractical to treat just a part of the territory because geese will figure out that the palatable grass remains on some patches of land. The concentrate has gained 3.1 out of 5 stars. As one of the consumers noted, “this stuff seems to work best when you apply a lot of it”. He added that the success may also depend on the feeding cycle of geese entering the area.

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Bye-Bye Birdie Bird Repellent Scare Tape

This bird scare tape is intended to scare off geese from lawns, patios and other property. It is a double-sided holographic tape which reflects light in every direction. Placing the tape in the yard, you kill two birds with one stone as the material functions both as a visual and sound deterrent. Another advantage is its huge length amounting to 200 feet what makes it possible to cover the entire patio if needed or can be put at the top of trees. However, it is not sticky, so you will have to tie it to something.

The tape has gained 4.0 out of 5 stars. Some users point to the fact that this is a temporary solution in dealing with geese. “Bought this to keep the geese of my yard and out of my garden. Worked for about a month and now they are back,” one customer wrote. Others have achieved more sustainable results. “One month with the tape and I have not seen a single goose come even close,” another customer indicated.

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10 Goose Repellent & Deterrent Comparative Chart

Product Type
Berkley Trilene Big Game monofilament fishing line
Freedom Goose Fence physical barrier
ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Repellent deterrent device
Ultrasonic Solar Outdoor Pest Repeller deterrent device
Flambeau 5889LO Floating Swan swan decoy
Bird-X Coyote 3D predator decoy
Bird-X Fox 3D predator decoy
Liquid Fence 1466X repellent spray
Liquid Fence 148 Goose Repellent repellent concentrate
Bye-Bye Birdie bird repellent scare tape

6 Harmless Ways to Keep Geese Out of Your Yard for Greener Grass

  • Visual deterrents such as decoy swans may discourage geese from approaching.
  • Plant a “buffer garden” to provide a barrier of about 10-20 feet between your lawn and the water. Include tall native ornamental grasses and low shrubs that will naturally deter geese, who won’t want to be anywhere that predators could be hiding.
  • Let your grass grow taller the closer you get to the water, like the buffer garden, the tall grass will make geese think twice before hanging around.
  • Install a wire barrier about 6 inches off the ground to prevent geese from landing or walking there.
  • Don’t feed them! It can be fun to feed the wildlife around your home, but feeding will encourage geese to stay and can also cause overpopulation.
  • If you have a dog, let them frequent the area you want geese to avoid. Geese won’t want to stay if a dog is harassing them or their goslings. Herding breeds such as cattle dogs and shepherds will enjoy chasing them out, but be careful! Geese can be very protective of their flocks.
  • Fence off the area
  • Scare them away
  • Modify the land

Geese are pests who make a mess everywhere they go. To them, your open waterfront offers safety and a good place to nest, which poses challenges when trying to get them to vacate. These simple and effective tactics can keep unwanted geese away from your lakefront.

Build a Goose Fence

Stop geese from entering your property from the water. Install stakes in the ground around your waterfront, then tie a yellow or white rope to each. This method works by keeping the geese from getting too close. Keep in mind, they can still enter your waterfront from other directions.

RELATED: How to Keep Geese Away From Your Property

Scare Geese Away

A common tactic to keep geese away from your lakefront is to scare them. Geese will ferociously protect their young, and will be hesitant to enter any location where they feel unsafe. Some common scare tactics include:

  • Decoy animals: Place predatory animals, owls, etc. around desired area
  • Reflective objects: Hang mylar streamers near the water
  • Noise makers: Use shell crackers or sound machines that play predator noises

TIP: Remember to mix up your tactics and move them around on a weekly basis. If geese become used to your scare tactics, the effects will eventually wear off.

Change Up the Area

Deter geese from entering your lakefront property by modifying the landscape. Geese love open areas that allow them to see potential predators headed their way. Obstruct their view by planting tall grasses and bushes. By planting them along the edge of the water, it becomes an automatic no-go for geese. However, while this may keep the geese off your land, it can make it harder for you to access the water as well.

RELATED: How to Get Rid of Canadian Geese

Use An Effective Liquid Bird Repellent

Don’t hassle with difficult scare tactics or unsightly shrubs. Avian Migrate, a product of Avian Enterprises, prevents geese from entering your property from any direction. It’s EPA-registered and teaches the nuisance geese to steer clear of your land. It’s gentle enough to be used around people, plants and other animals. Shop now or contact us at 888.868.1982 for more information.

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How To Keep Geese Out Of Your Yard

You’ve worked hard to maintain your landscaping. Unfortunately, nature can upset even the best laid plans. Even just a small flock of geese can wreak havoc on your tidy lawn and perfect garden. If you’re wondering how to keep geese out of your yard and take back your turf, then Flight Control® can help you get rid of these nuisance geese for good.

Flight Control® is an eco-friendly, humane, and 100% effective goose repellent. Get rid of these unwanted birds once and for all.

Got Geese Problems?

Geese love spending time on nice-looking landscapes. They pick sites based on two basic factors; food and safety. The healthier the grass, they more they like it. Because almost all geese are no longer migrating, they can cause some serious stress by taking up year round residence on the property they choose. If no action is taken, the size of the flock and the problems they cause can increase very quickly.

If you’re wondering how to keep geese out of your yard, you have certainly come to the right place. Flight Control® is a proven, effective chemical repellent that affects the way geese actually perceive food and your entire lawn.

Benefits of Using Flight Control’s Goose Repellent Product:

  • Great-looking landscape — This goose repellent will keep your property clean, neat, and geese-free!
  • Affordable — It is cost-effective, as well, which will end up saving you a significant amount of money on labor and clean up.
  • Easy to apply — It is easy to apply and will keep working through several mowings. Plus, the repellent won’t be washed off by irrigation or rainfall.
  • Safety — Goose droppings not only look bad but can be slippery and dangerous as well. This product will keep geese and their droppings away from your property, ensuring your family’s health and safety. Additionally, the goose repellent product doesn’t have an unpleasant smell.

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Humanely scare away Canada geese

Some ways to scare geese away work better than others. All work better where the landscaping makes geese wary and much better where you have also addled or used contraception so geese are not tending flightless goslings. Until their young can fly at the end of summer, these aversive conditioning techniques are not a humane option.

They’ll be dog-gone

The most effective way to scare geese away is with trained goose-herding dogs. Herding dogs convince geese they are not safe from predators. This should only be done by specially trained dogs working with a handler.

Dogs handled properly put geese in flight and the geese leave an area entirely. Handled improperly they may only put the birds in the water, where, if not pursued, they quickly learn the dog is not a real threat.

Dogs must never catch or harm geese. And dogs must be well-treated and kept safe on the job as the valued employees they are.

Don’t attempt to scare away geese who are nesting, molting or raising young!

Lasers and other light-emitting devices specially designed to scare birds are useful at dusk as geese are settling down for the night. Scaring birds away from night roosts means they will start their day elsewhere.

Another option for discouraging geese from areas is to use chemical repellents. These chemicals can be either be dispersed as a fog or sprayed on grass to keep geese away from high priority areas.

They’re smarter than that

Geese lose their fear of simple scare devices, like those listed below, quickly. You may get some short-term relief, and if that’s all you need, these may help. But for the most part, these scare devices have little lasting effect. Geese are simply smarter than that.

  • Flags, eyespot balloons and Mylar tape.
  • Floating alligator heads and dead goose decoys.
  • Fake owls and snakes, scarecrows or other effigies, especially ones that don’t move.
  • Coyote and other canine effigies or cutouts, with one possible exception. Where geese have learned to fear real coyotes or where trained goose-herding dogs are regularly working, fake canines may keep geese on their toes a little longer. These work best when they are moved frequently and are on swivels so that they appear more real when moved by the wind.

Fear of noises

Frightening noises like those made by devices listed below can work a little better. But geese get used to noises quickly, especially in noisy neighborhoods and if the geese see no other reason to be scared. Frightening noises work much better if the geese see a mobile threat such as people shooing them or goose-herding dogs.

  • Pyrotechnics and propane cannons.
  • Recordings of goose distress calls.

Resources

  • Guide to Canada Geese shows step-by-step how to humanely deal with “nuisance” geese.
  • Keep geese away by changing the habitat
  • Killing doesn’t work: The problem with goose round-ups

5 Tips to Keep Canada Geese off Your Property

When you buy a house on a lake, visions ensue of mornings spent fishing and evenings sipping sweet tea on the patio. However, these daydreams quickly turn into nightmares when Canada geese move in. These big birds are like a bad party guest, making a mess of your property and getting aggressive when told to leave.

Check out some tips to deter these foul waterfowl from nesting near your nest.

1. Don’t feel the need to feed. Throwing out bread for birds to eat is a popular practice, but you should resist the urge to do so. Feeding any type of waterfowl will attract geese to the area. If you live in a neighborhood, consider asking your HOA to place signs that prohibit feeding the geese.

2. Build a barrier. Geese tend to land on the water and then swim to shore. Building a fence can keep geese from strutting up to your lawn, especially during their flightless period in the summer. Fences should be at least 30 inches tall and fully enclosed.

3. Scare them straight (away from your home). The Indiana Department of Natural Resources suggests using “harassment techniques” to keep them off your land. Some scare tactics include placing predator decoys, blowing an air horn and letting dogs scare them off.

4. Catch and release elsewhere. You’ll need a permit to trap and transport geese. Another option is to hire an animal removal service. This method is a quick fix and doesn’t guarantee that other geese won’t find their way to your home.

5. Aim and fire. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 protects Canada geese and their eggs, and prohibits hunting outside of the designated hunting season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits hunting of Canada geese under strict circumstances. Make sure to check federal and local laws before hunting on your property.

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A Canada geese meal plan may consist of corn, grasses, berries, succulents, seeds, sedges, small fish, aquatic vegetation, insects, legumes and more. Because of their wariness, they feel safer by feeding in open areas. This way they can see predators and any other potential danger coming. In fact, these creatures are so smart that they often take turns eating while another watches and alert everyone when danger presents itself. While they are less likely to harm a human, they can get very aggressive, especially if it’s mating season. When they build their nests, they do it near water. These nests are built with leaves, mosses and/or twigs.
Why Are They There
If you reside near water or have a pond or lake of some sort on your property, you’ve probably seen a number of Canada geese meet there. It may not seem like a problem at first, but these feisty little animals will wear out their welcome very quickly. If they gather to meet their family there constantly they’re probably wearing out your lawn as well. For them water means humans and humans mean free food. Not to mention, the open spaces gives them that feeling of safety.

How to Get Rid Of Canadian Geese
Trying to get rid of Canada geese can be a real pain in the rear end and if you’re not careful and smart about it, you may find them attacking you. There are tons of products on the market that claim to effectively remove Canada geese from your property, but not only can these be pocket picking, but none of them can truly offer you long term guaranteed results. You have repellants, decoys, treatments for the lawn and more but many people find that the Canada geese are not the ones who will let you evict them easily. This leaves you with asking yourself the question “Is it possible to get Canada geese off of my lawn for good without hurting them?”
Canada Geese Fence
A Canada geese fence is certainly a solution but is it permanent? A fence can be set up 3 inches away from the water line at intervals of 4 ft. The fence doesn’t have to be high so you can actually purchase stakes to use that are standard in size. When placing them in the ground you will need to leave part of it 3 inches above the ground. Take some commercial rope in the colors of yellow or white and tie it to each post. However, the rope needs to hang a bit between each of the posts but not touch the ground. About a foot off the ground is quite sufficient. Water birds will actually stay away from this area because water birds do not understand the idea of navigating over or under a rope. They are already putting themselves in danger by being on land considering this is where they move the slowest. So, they certainly understand that trying to get around a rope can actually get them caught quickly. This can be effective for some time. However, the rope will eventually dry out and you will have to replace it which will cost you more money.
Traps and Transfer
Trapping and transferring geese to another location is actually the best way to effectively get them off your lawn and keep them off. With a trap, you don’t have to worry about the bird or any other animals getting hurt. All you have to do is lure them inside the trap with something tasteful to them and the trap does everything else. Once you’ve caught them, you can remove them and take them to an open park with a waterfront. This way they’ll still be able to feel safe. However, before you start planning your trapping foray, keep in mind that this may not be legal in your region; a licensed wildlife expert may be required. Also keep in mind that trapping the geese is not as easy as it may seem and there will need to be a lot of precautions taken before doing so.
Harassment Dogs
Yes, trained dogs, especially Border Collies, are great at harassing and intimidating Canadian Geese. Many wildlife experts have trained dogs, specializing in goose harassment. Just let the dogs loose on the flock every day for a week or two, and eventually the geese get the hint and vacate the area, because they believe it’s not a safe place.
More information about Canada Geese:
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Canada Goose Repellents – Types, and do they work?
Canada Goose Prevention – How to keep Canada Geese away from yard or pond
About Canada Goose: Appearance, biology, life cycle, habitat, diet, behavior
How to trap a Canada Goose
How To Get Rid Of Canadian Geese In Your Yard
Canadian Geese are a familiar sight in many parks in the country. They can live in these parks for months while in some places they are simply making a quick stop on the way down south. We are used to seeing them in the parks, and we enjoy seeing them there, but that joy can turn into frustration when they are in your yard or anywhere else in your property for that matter. There are easy ways to get the Canadian goose out of your yard and the easiest of them is to scare them away.
You should know however that some of these birds can turn aggressive so you should never try to scare them away without a towel or another large cloth. If you do not want to do the scaring yourself then you can leave the job to man’s best friend. Dogs are great in scaring the Canadian goose not only because they bark and chase, but in the case of some herding dogs they make a motion that will get all of them flying pretty quickly. Some dogs are even hired by towns and cities throughout the country to make sure that parks are clean from these flying pests.
How To Get Rid Of Canadian Geese On Your Pond
Let’s face it; if you have a body of water on your property you are more likely to have Canadian geese in there as well. They are attracted to these bodies of water so when they see it from the sky they will see it as a welcoming sight. So how do you make sure that you keep a Canadian goose out of your pond? You can do so by installing a motion sensor by your pond that triggers a water system. This method is the most humane and effective way to get the geese out, because it works as a scarecrow.
Another benefit to this method is that it does not only keep the geese out, but it also works with other types of wildlife. Because the method only triggers water it is also sure to not hurt the wildlife you are trying to scare away. Some companies will sell something like a beacon that is placed in a pond. The beacon floats and when the geese arrive at night it will disturb them by repeatedly shining a light that does not let them sleep. This is a great method as well because it works with motion sensors, so they do not stay on all night.
How To Get Rid Of Canadian Geese On Your Property
The main thing whether the geese are in your pond or on your property is that you do not want them there. Just like you would on a pond you can also use the motion sensor sprinklers so that they get scared every time that they come down on your property. You can also use actual scarecrows in cases where you want to get them away from your dry land. A scarecrow can be anything from a brightly colored balloon to a replica of a predator that the Canadian goose can see from the sky before it ever comes close to landing in your property. If you get a replica of a coyote for example that the goose can see from the sky, it will discourage a landing. It is not difficult to get these decoys or replicas. Many are sold in home and garden stores as well as in some hunting stores. Make sure that where ever you decide to place your scarecrow that the geese can see it from the air. In other words, if the goose does not see it, then the decoy will not be effective.
How To Get Rid Of Canadian Geese Naturally
If you want to get rid of the Canadian goose in a natural way, then here are a few do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind. The first thing that you should not do is to feed them. Make sure that everyone in the house follows and understands this rule, because if anyone decides to feed the geese then they will keep coming back for more. If at all possible take away the water resources that the goose may have found in your property. These include small ponds or fountains if at all possible.
It may not always be possible to dry these water incentives, but if it is at all possible, then you should have it done. You can also plant more vegetation on your yard or where ever it is that the geese are using as a home. The more vegetation the less likely geese will like your property. Geese prefer open spaces which you can take away by getting more plants and bushes in your property. If this doesn’t work for you it may be time to employ a canine or to call a wildlife expert.

Keep Geese Out of Your Yard With Grape Concentrate, Plus Four More Tricks

Geese and especially goslings can be fun to admire if they visit your home, but sometimes they overstay their welcome. They can leave a big mess too.

Here are some simple ways to encourage geese to find a new place to enjoy if they are spending too much time on your property.

Hard to believe that Canada geese were once a rare site in West Michigan. They can be found everywhere and in big numbers too. The Michigan DNR says they were nearly extinct in the 1950s because of unregulated overhunting and wetland habitat loss.

In Michigan today, the number of giant Canada geese counted each spring is well over 300,000. They nest in every Michigan county, but are most common in the southern third of the state, where 78 percent of the goose population is found.

Geese are herbivores and prefer grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, seed heads and various grains. Adult Canada geese have very few predators.

The Michigan DNR shares five ways to keep geese out of your yard.

  1. GRAPE CONCENTRATE – Repellents on the lawn deter geese from feeding on the grass. Grape concentrate works especially well. Who knew?
  2. SCARE THEM – Bird-scare balloons, loud noises and mylar tape will make your yard seem like a haunted house to Canada geese.
  3. STOP TAKING CARE OF YOUR GRASS – Allow the grass to grow long and don’t fertilize or water it. Your neighbors won’t like it and neither will geese.
  4. BUILD A WALL – In June and July, Canada geese are unable to fly because they are shedding feathers. Construct a temporary barrier between your yard and water to keep flightless geese out. Good luck getting Canada to pay for your wall.
  5. DON’T FEED THEM – If you’re feeding them and you don’t want them in your yard we feel like you haven’t really thought this through.

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