Late winter is when the annual life cycle of the geese begins. Adult pairs usually return to nesting sites as soon as waters open up. In spring, which can begin as early as late February in some states, the geese begin laying eggs. This is the time when the geese can be very aggressive, as they will defend their nests and may attack if they feel your presence is threatening. Non-breeding geese will also remain nearby in feeding flocks during the nesting season. Goose control is needed if the geese have found a location where they are a threat to the public.
Discouraging Geese with Goose Control Products
Geese are often known to feed on athletic fields and other large lawns during the day such as golf courses and at night they return to the water sources. Resident geese tend to stay in the area and this makes it more difficult to get rid of geese from the area. No one method is comprehensively effective. A persistent application of a combination of bird control methods is needed and yields the best results.
Grazing is a practice of the geese and it makes sense to spray a liquid goose repellent onto the grassy areas. Migrate Goose Repellent is a non-toxic liquid repellent that will deter the geese from the area. The substance in the goose repellent spray is Methyl Antranilate that is a grape extract that has been proven to repel the pest geese. The grape extract aggravates the bird’s trigeminal nerve and mucous membranes through entry in the nose, eyes and mouth. The geese will want to leave the area to find a more comfortable location to graze.
Using visual scare devices will create a visual image that the geese will want to avoid. There is a very inexpensive flash tape that can be hung around on poles around the water source that will scare the birds. Geese are reluctant, normally, to hang around when there is an object hovering over their head. Along with the flash tape there are flat diverters that can be hung also. Both have shiny reflective surfaces and the diverters have an extra predator feature as part of its design. The geese believe they are looking into the eyes of a predator.
Initiate goose control management as soon as you notice geese in the area and you will need to be resistant in your methods. No one method works well with one attempt but using two or three in unison and changing locations will help get rid of the geese permanently.