How to Keep Geese Out of Your Yard

Whether you manage a residential, corporate or hospital property, Canada geese are
likely no stranger to your yard. These birds can be a big nuisance, showing aggressive
behavior, damaging your property and posing a variety of health risks to your tenants.
Luckily, you have some options when it comes to keeping geese away.

What Attracts Geese?

Why are geese showing up to your lawn in the first place? Geese are fond of areas that
provide food, water and a nice place to nest. Zoning laws for new construction require a
water runoff area, and many contractors decide that a man-made pond is an effective
and aesthetically pleasing way to accomplish this. What this does is create “goose
heavens” – areas with luscious and manicured green grass, water, food, and no
predators. Sounds nice, right?

In addition to having waterfront property, it can be especially difficult to keep geese
away if your residents have bird feeders or are in the habit of feeding geese by hand.
When provided food and water year-round, geese may even be more likely to skip
migration and just stay put.

Nesting will also cause these birds to keep coming back to your property. When a goose
finds a mate, they usually stay together for life. When they find a nesting site they like,
they’ll return to that same spot for up to 12 years. Canada geese like urban areas and
prefer to nest against buildings, parking islands, and rooftops. Since they’re protective
creatures, they’ll also try to find a nesting spot with a clear view of any potential threat
from predators.

Why are Geese a Problem?

In addition to potentially annoying residents with loud honking noises, geese can cause
problems by damaging property, carrying diseases and acting aggressively.

Damage

Messy droppings can cover sidewalks, pathways and grassy areas, making them
disgusting and difficult to navigate. Think about this: a single goose poops up to 2 lbs.
per day. Multiply that by the number of geese on your property, and it can get pretty
gross pretty quick. Geese also eat and kill the grass that you work so hard to maintain,
making lawn care difficult.

Diseases

Geese cause a variety of sanitary concerns, as they can carry bacteria, parasites, and
viruses. Potential bacteria includes chlamydiosis, e-coli, listeria, pasteurella multocida
and salmonella, which can be shed through feces, nasal discharge and biting.
Cryptosporidium, giardia, and toxoplasmosis are the main types of parasites; they can
cause infection through contaminated water or if you eat an under-cooked goose. When
it comes to viruses, Canada geese can contract the avian flu, which causes severe
respiratory disease in birds.

Aggression

During the spring and summer months, geese can be aggressive and harass
people on your property. Their behavior can become a major liability issue and
potentially hold the property owner liable for any injuries incurred.

How to Keep Geese Away

Keeping geese away from lawns can be a time-consuming process. Still, there are
devices and tactics you can use to better control the geese population on your property.

Remove their food source

Ask residents to stop feeding the geese and remove all bird feeders and wildlife feeders
from the property. As the geese return to the area, they’ll realize there’s no food and
will eventually stop coming back.

Cover the pond

Run wire across the pond to form a grid with 12-inch squares located 8 inches above the
water. This grid will be too small and too low for geese to land or walk in, but shouldn’t
cause problems for mallard ducks.

Use goose repellent products

Try using a goose repellent or grass treatment such as Flight Control, which is applied to
the grass after every cutting. Keep in mind that most grape-based products won’t be
effective.

Make your own goose repellent

To scare away geese, try taking an empty laundry detergent bottle, filling it with rocks,
tying a rope around it and walking towards the geese while shaking the bottle. The
geese will come to associate fear with the laundry detergent bottle. Remember to not
hit the geese with your shaker.

Prevent the geese from nesting

If you know of spots where geese have previously nested, place a large, heavy object
there to deter geese from nesting there again. Be sure to use an object that the geese
won’t be able to move.

Hire a professional

Goose prevention and removal is a time-consuming effort, and you have more
important things to do than run around your yard shaking a laundry detergent bottle.
Hiring experts (like us!) is a great way to have the goose problem taken care of while
you focus on other important business tasks.

Humane Goose Removal

Go Geese Go will evict your “resident” geese and run off any “transient” birds that stop
by without touching or harming them. We’ll visit your property twice per day with our
highly trained herding dogs – border collies that instinctively use their eyes to stalk their
prey. Believing the dogs to be predators, the geese will learn to stay away and find a
new home. It’s a humane way to make your property as goose free as possible!
To keep geese out of ponds, we use a combination of swimming the dogs and remote-
controlled boats, along with lasers and noisy shakers. Everything we do is designed to
scare away the geese without hurting them.

Our services work more effectively than using a decoy, sprays or other ways to keep
geese out and convince them to stay gone. While it’s not guaranteed that you’ll never
see another goose, we will do our best to make it that way!

Don’t let geese destroy your yard and aggravate your tenants. By making your property
a less-than-ideal habitat for Canada geese, you’ll help to keep away these pesky birds.
Contact us to learn more about Go Geese Go and how we can help you keep geese out
of your yard.