Geese Control Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions about geese control services.
Geese nest in areas that are close to water, so if you have a pond, river or lake nearby it’s the perfect spot. They feed on the vegetation under the water and graze on grass and other plants.
When a goose finds a mate, they usually stay together for life unless one dies. When they find a nesting spot that suits them, they will return to the same site for up to twelve years.
Many species have been spotted in Ohio, but we find that the Canada Goose and Snow Goose are most prevalent. These two species may also intermingle by mating and traveling together.
Zoning laws for new construction requires a runoff area so water has someplace to go. Often, contractors accomplish this by building a manmade pond nearby. Essentially, we are creating perfect little sanctuaries for geese within our communities.
We build our schedule around the goose lifecycle. Geese usually arrive to nest in early March, either returning to a previous nesting site or looking for a new one. Nesting goes through the end of April/beginning of May. The adult geese molt in early May, making them unable to fly again until late-July or August. Then they migrate to a warmer climate, typically in early October. Service should stay in place so birds coming from the North choose to winter elsewhere.
In northern Ohio, winters are usually cold enough to freeze the water in ponds, so the geese leave on their own. Keep in mind, however, we can service your property all year long to help ensure you don’t have geese problems during off season.
Even if you don’t have a pond or lake on your property, you may have a neighbor who has created a comfortable living environment for geese, whether intentionally or not. A pond will support only so many nesting geese so they can nest up to mile away from the water source.
Over the years, we found that running our routes twice a day is effective in managing the goose population on properties. The time of day is not as important as the frequency. One visit a day gives the geese too much time to figure out when we are not there, and they may return; the second visit emphasizes our ongoing presence.
Our goal is only to scare the geese, over and over, until they are trained to stay away for good. We do this with frequent, consistent visits to the property. We have no intention of ever hurting any geese and our dogs are specially-trained to herd geese, not harm them.
Geese can be quite aggressive. Not only do they hiss, chase and bite people, they also use wing strikes to attack. If a goose flies at a person’s head, instinct tells us to duck and get out of the way. In the meantime, however, a person could lose their balance, fall and get hurt. Tripping over curbing and parking blocks is especially hazardous for the physically challenged and elderly.
The average lifespan of a goose is around 16 to 20 years. That’s why it’s imperative to train geese to stay off your property because once a female goose finds a successful nest, she will return year after year.
Border Collies use their eyes to stalk geese in the attempt to herd. The geese quickly feel threatened when a predator has them in its sight and will move towards water for assumed safety. Border Collies not only swim well, but they are relentless in their pursuit. The dogs follow the geese into the water and it’s only a matter of time before the geese leave.
It is impossible to guarantee that once geese leave your property they will never return. It is also impossible to prevent new geese from arriving. The best way to stop geese from living on your property is with ongoing services from Go Geese Go.
You will notice results quickly, but for the best outcome the nesting cycle must be broken. All it takes is for one goose to swim around in a pond and start honking to the other geese, “Hey guys come on in, the water is fine,” and you’ve got a goose problem again. Keeping the service in place keeps your property as goose free as possible.
If you have additional questions, please contact us today. For corporate and residential geese control services, call for a free onsite consultation at (614) 841-GONE. Go Geese Go serves Columbus, Ohio, and the central Ohio area.
Would You Like More Information? We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about Go Geese Go and our services. As each property is unique, we must do a site visit (you do not need to be present) to determine the fee.