Most people have strolled around a beautiful lake and fed bread and other treats to the geese. While this can be a relaxing and pleasurable activity, interacting with geese isn’t so fun when they are invading your property and causing damage. Learn about the many problems that geese can cause and what you can do to get rid of them.
Geese and Your Garden
Geese survive on various types of vegetation, including legumes and certain grains and grasses, in addition to the occasional insect or fish. Obviously there is no better place for a goose to feast than in a garden. There these animals can scrounge for bugs and eat from any plants that are to their liking. The result is often holes in your garden, missing vegetation, and of course lots of geese droppings left behind.
Geese and Your Lawn
Just as geese can decimate a garden in no time flat, they can also wreak havoc on even the most pristine of lawns. If geese are paying a lot of attention to your yard, this could indicate you have an insect problem that needs to be remedied, but healthy lawns are often attacked as well. If cleaning up feathers and goose waste and constantly filling holes in your lawn doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, you’ll want to remedy your goose problem as soon as it starts.
Other Geese-Related Problems
If you have a swimming pool, a pond or a reservoir near your property, you should be aware that goose waste and dropped feathers can accumulate in these areas and eventually contaminate the water. Having geese on your property can also lead to traffic accidents from people swerving to avoid hitting the birds. And, if you’re unfortunate enough to have a goose build a nest on your property, watch out. Geese are known to attack those who get too close to their nests.
Getting Rid of Geese (Without Hurting Them)
Fortunately, you have a lot of options when it comes to getting geese off of your property. Obviously, you shouldn’t be feeding these pests, so make sure you’re not doing so inadvertently. Take steps to make your garden’s goodies inaccessible and also have your lawn checked for an insect infestation. You may also benefit from the use of commercial products, such as scarecrows, decoys and reflective tape designed to scare off birds.
The Best Solution
Ideally, you’ll want to use a combination of techniques and products to control your goose problem. If you could only choose one product, however, a bird sprinkler is your absolute best choice. Choose a sprinkler that combines water, movement and sound to scare away geese, and your issue should be remedied in no time at all.
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