Canada Geese once use to be strictly migratory birds that flew down from the north during the cold winters, but now with plenty of golf courses and parks and waterways the birds have found year round habitation that suits their needs. Because they now live and breed in America they are becoming more of a nuisance to property owners and causing more problems when large flocks rest in an area.
What You Can Do To Prevent Unwanted Canada Geese
If you have a large well-manicured grassy area with a pond or water retention that is open and has a sloping water edge than the chances are you have prime real estate for the Canada Geese. The problem with these majestic birds is that if you have one or two and others happen to be flying by then pretty soon you will have a whole flock, as geese love to flock and live together. The Canada Geese enjoy grazing and there is nothing better to graze on then a fertilized lawn, so some things that may discourage habitat is to under fertilize and keep your lawn trimmed very short.
The main requirement that Canada Geese are looking for in habitation is water with an easy access to raise their young. By creating an undesirable water feature the geese will shy away from your home. To do this make steep slopes to water edges and add some obstacles that will make it hard for the geese to see over. This can be done with large boulders, tall grasses, and large shrubs. Another thing that can be done is to shut off the aerator in your pond during the winter. The different options will surely dissuade any geese from taking up home in your yard.
Closer To Your Residence
Canada Geese do not like to be bothered, they would prefer to graze all day long and rest at night. If the geese have made your water pond their home then the best thing to do is to let them know that it is not a good place to be. This can be done by harassing the birds until they leave. Shouting at the geese and shooing them away several times a day for several days will definitely ruffle their feathers. But if you do not have the energy a good herding dog will do the same as long as it is well trained not to harm the geese.
Another option is to block the entrance to the source of water with either a fence that surrounds the area or a grid wire that sits over the water. If the Canada geese cannot get to the water there is no reason to be there. This is especially effective during the summer months when the geese are molting and cannot fly as well. The other thing that can be done is the eggs can be oiled so that they will not hatch. Although this is a slower process it does keep the numbers down and under control.
Techniques And Exclusions
If you are considering trapping and removing the Canadian Geese it is best if it is left to the professionals. The birds are federally protected and if any harm is reported there are stiff fines. The best time of year for trapping is the summer is when they cannot fly and the goslings are hatched. Geese are very protective of their babies and are prone to snap and hiss if they feel threatened. Keeping the Canada Geese away from the pond is the best way to get rid of them.
Although there are ultra-sonic emitters that are supposed to deter the Canada Geese away it hasn’t been successful and unfortunately this goes for most other deterrents that are found on the market.
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