The Hard Job of Controlling Geese

 

 

 

 
Coyote Decoy for Geese
Coyote Decoy for Geese

What are the problems associated withCanada geese?

 

• Unsightly mess (at least a pound of droppings per day per goose!)

• Disease risk: droppings can carry  histoplasmosis (and more) that can be harmful or fatal to humans

• Liability of slip‐and‐fall lawsuits or occupational disease lawsuits

• High cost of cleanup, repair and maintenance

• Property devaluation

 

Will border collies or swans be effective?

 

Border collies and swans are expensive and only treat the symptoms. They do not solve the problem (of the area being desirable) permanently; therefore the cost is perpetual. Plus, the geese soon habituate to regular dog visits and return as soon as the hired collie service leaves – and swans often leave a property.

What is the difference between “distress,”“alert” and “alarm calls” on sonic repellers?

Cornell University has made available recorded so‐called “distress” calls of

Canada geese for decades – they were recorded in a lab, having manipulated the geese in unnatural scenarios. The sounds are not anything a wild goose would recognize as more than sputtering indignation.

Several years ago, Dr. Whitford recorded alert and alarm calls under natural conditions, evoking immediate recognition.   These were the first (and remain the only) such recorded calls in the world. “Alert” signifies uneasiness or concern about potential danger sources; “Alarm” denotes immediate danger requiring instant evacuation, without lingering to identify the source.

 

Dr. Whitford’s studies over the years have shown that the realistic nature of the alarm and alert calls is the best way to permanently rid a facility of birds – the geese are too intelligent and discriminating to be fooled by anything unnatural. The Bird‐X GOOSEBUSTER is the ONLY unit available which reproduces these sounds.

 

 

 

How much effort will success take?

 

 

 

Testing has shown considerable variation in initial goose reaction to alarm call repellers, from instant and total departure to a nervous response and threatened behavior without evacuation. Results depend on past experience of geese, length of residency and season. Regardless of initial reaction, complete goose control is commensurate with your commitment to invest both time and effort. Your strongest efforts are needed at the outset; they will diminish as you achieve success. The alarm‐call repeller uses geese’s long‐term memory against them — once scared away repeatedly, they rarely return. Once the initial goose inhabitants have been driven off, best long‐term results are obtained with on‐demand use of the GooseBuster sounds only if new geese are sighted.

Why can’t we just keep one or two pair?

This is a false economy. One or two happy pair will emit sounds that attract new geese. So you must adopt a zero‐tolerance policy and drive all geese completely off the property immediately. Success is achievable if you prevent geese from claiming stakes rather than waiting — often for as short a time as 20 minutes — until they establish territory.

Can’t we wait to see if the geese return this year before spending money to repel them?

Another false economy. Relocation efficiency is greatly influenced by the seasonality of you  installation.

 

• In late summer to early winter, when all geese can fly and goslings don’t require special feeding areas, you will experience quickest success. New arrivals will leave abruptly in a panic, encouraging original residents to bolt as well.

 

• In late winter to early spring, as nesting season approaches and geese claim territories, it will take more effort. The earlier you start a repelling program the better. Once they’ve settled in, especially with pronounced nest site loyalty, it’s much harder to get them to go.

 

• In mid‐spring, when nests are constructed and eggs are laid, you’ll face even greater challenges. But even then the majority of geese, faced with constant harassment, will abandon their nests.

 

• In late spring to mid‐summer, as eggs hatch but goslings cannot yet fly, you’ll benefit from another period of less resistance. Adult geese will readily lead their young away from perceived danger.

 

 

 

What can I do for no or low cost, in addition to investing in an alarm‐call repeller?

 

As variation is key, use multiple people performing as many of these tasks as possible:

 

• Walk or run toward the geese while waving your arms

 

• Stare at geese while approaching

 

• Drive a lawnmower toward them, or operate machinery nearby

 

• Cast a large surface lure near geese on ponds

 

• Jog near geese

 

• Use pyrotechnics (no permit required for use on geese, but check local noise/fireworks ordinances.)

 

• Drag a floating rope across the pond right after turning on the GooseBuster repeller, to force the geese to fly to another site

 

• Use spotlights at night near large water areas

 

• Exclude them from water with plantings, low fencing or fishing line.

 

Add Irri‐Tape holographic ribbon as a visual warning

 

• Use insecticide to make the grass less desirable to goslings

 

• Use companion products — add visual devices like threatening predator 3‐D Coyote decoy, Gator Guard floating alligator head replica, or GooseChase food‐grade, biodegradable taste aversion

(methyl anthranilate) sprayed on grass.

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Bird (931 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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