Now that summer is in full swing, there’s nothing better than enjoying time out in the backyard. Between dips in the pool and yard games though, you might have noticed a couple of unwanted guests: geese, along with their droppings.
Canada geese tend to thrive near any body of water. If your home is located near a local park with a pond, then you might be in for some unexpected guests. Geese love to lay their eggs near these ponds because it allows easy access to a food source as they raise their goslings in their nest. You might have seen geese walking across the grass at your favorite golf course, but no yard is safe from this nuisance.
After all, a goose can get quite territorial when protecting their nest. Not only will you want to protect your family from getting attacked, but you will also want to prevent your beautiful lawn from getting covered in droppings. Want to learn how to get rid of geese this summer? Take back your lawn with these top tips:
Chase them away with a broom
If you frequently chase geese away from your lawn, they will eventually learn to steer clear of your property. Get a broom so that you’re not getting too close to them and make as much noise as possible. If you’re simply approaching a goose, they might hiss at you and start to chase you back. Use an air horn if you have to. The flock of geese will eventually travel to another dry lawn or work their way back to their preferred water source. Of course, this doesn’t always work, and a large flock might not care about your loud noises. If this doesn’t keep geese off of your turf, move onto the next step.
Install a fence
Geese are known for their long migrational flights, but they don’t usually fly into a yard with a fence. More often than not, they tend to waddle around when it isn’t migration season. If you want to keep them at bay, install a quality fence to deter their presence in the first place. If you don’t want to invest in a fence, you can always hammer down some wooden stakes and lace thick wire or a net around them. If you let your grass grow a little longer so that the geese have trouble walking, this is all the better.
Similarly to water, geese follow the path of least resistance. You’ll deter geese—and their feces—when you change up the landscaping around your home.
Rely on a professional
There are plenty of DIY ways to control your goose problem, but these creatures can be tenacious (especially if they are raising goslings nearby). When you’re out of options, the best thing you can do to get rid of geese is by calling a professional. Canadian geese are no match for pest professionals armed with goose repellent. These tools don’t necessarily kill geese, but they will keep these birds from invading your grass. You can either rely on a professional to lay down the repellent or you can even do it yourself. A professional can always spray your lawn the first time to show you how if you want to do it on your own in the future. Even though geese might leave temporarily, there’s no telling when another goose problem will pop up in the future.
A Canada goose may seem harmless at first glance, but these pests can ruin your lawn and pollute your local water if flocks gather in large numbers. Take control of your lawn by relying on these tips to get rid of them.