Getting rid of geese in general is tough, but repelling Canadian geese has its own set of challenges. Canadian Geese have been around the United States since 1930 when they were introduced to Pennsylvania. They have undergone a huge increase in numbers since then and are both enjoyed and annoying.
Resident Canadas are different from the migratory Canada geese in size. The resident Canadian is about twice as heavy and stays year round.
They become problems to pond owners and those living along rivers as they leave behind a huge amount of feces and feathers. What will work as a Canadian goose repellent?
Active and passive techniques to repel the Canadian goose
If you have been feeding and have allowed the Canadian geese to raise their young on your property you are giving them a lot of positive reinforcement. If now their numbers have gotten to a point where their presence is not such a welcome thing; you have to start using negative reinforcements to encourage them to leave.
If there is a pond in your neighborhood that several homes are located around and it has become a nuisance for the Canadian Geese to live there; you will have to work together to try and encourage the geese to leave. If you have even one homeowner still providing food to them; your efforts will be worthless.
A lot of different goose harassment techniques have been tried over the years to repel the Canadian goose. Some have good success, others have made no difference. These are some techniques that have been tried:
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Goose Scare Tactics
There are mixed opinions on whether or not scare tactics work to repel the Canadian geese. Some devices that have been installed in their area to try and scare them out are:
- Balloons filled with helium and painted with four eye spots to be visible from all sides. There have been mixed results with the balloon idea. Some claim it works great, others say the geese paid them no attention.
- Plastic streamers made from reflective Mylar. These have had very good results in scaring the geese away.
- Scarecrows and other decoys. The size of the decoy is not as important as having it move if a breeze.
- Hawk and owl decoys. These have to be moved often as when left in the same spot the geese become accustomed to them and they have no effect.
In neighborhoods all parties must be acceptable to the idea of using noise makers.as the sound the geese hear will also be heard by the property owners. Some of the noises used are shell crackers, tracers, screamers and other projectiles which are fired from guns.
These will of course be quite loud and may even require a permit in order to use. There are also devices available in stores that emit random distressed geese calls varied with cries of predators which have been effective.
There are companies that help residents control geese populations by hiring out trained border collies to chase geese away. Dogs living around the area where geese have become a problem may be encouraged to chase geese, but have less success than those specially trained for the task.
Change the habitat
The geese love it when you mow the grass down to the pond; this is an ideal situation for them. The pond provides them a safety zone and the mowed lawn gives them plenty of food along with a clear view of any approaching danger. Find a way to repel the geese while maintaining an attractive area:
- Fences can be very effective at keeping geese out of an area. The geese much prefer walking into and out of the water so the fence discourages them from staying by a body of water that is fenced. There are many different types of fencing available; a little research will find you one that works with everyone using the water.
- Vegetation will discourage the geese from using your area. The vegetation would be danger zones to the geese as there could be a predator hiding among it. With a natural buffer between the mowed areas and the water you will exploit the natural fear geese have of danger spots.
- Change the availability of foods for the geese to find. Kentucky bluegrass is a favorite and it should not be planted near ponds. There are other grass choices that the geese will not find as favorable. Geese have shown a great dislike to common periwinkle and English Ivy.
- Repellents are available to apply on areas the geese feed on. The most popular chemical repellent is, Methl-Anthranilate containing a chemical naturally found in grapes and citrus fruits which will repel geese from feeding where it is applied.
The Canadian geese are protected under federal laws and therefore cannot be destroyed. Use one of these suggested ideas to encourage them to leave your area on their own.