Feeding Geese: How-to Deter Geese and Canadian Geese Control
By Fran Prisco
Each year thousands of Golf Courses, Parks, Green Belts, Back Yards, Baseball Fields and even cemeteries are inundated with messy, slippery Canada Goose droppings. How distressing to have a beautiful drive off the tee, only to find that your ball has come to rest in a gooey pile of goose poop! How about watching your kid play in the outfield at that all important Little League game...only to watch him go for that deep fly to center and ...SLIP right through that sticky, slippery goose poop. Sound familiar?
Canada Geese can be found on any type of grassy area that surrounds water, from backyard ponds, to large lakes and rivers. They breed throughout North America, spring migration usually starts in late winter and will take several weeks to complete. The fall migration will begin with the water and soil begin to freeze. Geese feed mainly on land grazing on grassy plants and our lawns. In the spring and summer they can feed for up to 12 hours a day. This extended feeding leads to a lot of waste; a goose produces up to a pound of droppings a day. Multiply that by hundreds of geese and you have a big problem with goose droppings. This can lead to public health concerns in parks, golf courses, and other public areas.
So how do we keep these pest geese off of our property? The most effective method of goose control is to eliminate their food source. Since we cannot tear the lawn what do we do? You make the lawn unpalatable to the geese. There are products on the market that use a grape derivative methylanthranilate to flavor the lawn. It is easily sprayed on the lawn and will grow into the blades of grass making it unpalatable to the geese. Once the food source is gone the geese move on to an area that will provide a more palatable food. The goose repellent is safe to use on private and public areas. It is food grade so it will not pollute bodies of water or harm other animals or people.
Other methods of goose control are sound deterrents and visual deterrents. These are most effective when used in conjunction with the liquid goose deterrent mentioned above. Sound deterrents will play the sound of distressed geese and predator calls to scare the geese away. Visual deterrents include Coyote Decoys that scare the birds away; swan decoys also seem to keep the geese away. There are also services available that use border collies to scare the geese. This method can get costly however, as the dogs will need to come out several times before the geese leave completely. It is best to use some sort of integrated approach to goose control. Using a visual deterrent and the liquid deterrent seems to work the best.
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