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Geese Destroying Your Propery? Try These Helpful Wildlife Control Techniques

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Geese are prevalent all over Canada, and when they invade your property every year, you need to take steps to keep them out. Geese droppings contain harmful germs that can make your lawns unsafe to walk on. Additionally, geese can snack on any berries, corn and seedlings you have in your gardens or around the house. If you have small marshes or ponds on your property, geese will establish them as breeding grounds. You can keep resident and migrating geese out of your gardens, ponds and other areas on property with these safe and humane wildlife control techniques below.

Place Fencing Around Your Garden

Geese of both sexes can grow very large in Canada, but males tend to grow up to 45 inches in height. This impressive height makes it easy for male geese to visibly scan large areas before deciding if it's worth the effort to invade them. Once males enter your garden, females can follow.

If you haven't done so already, place a wooden fence around your garden to prevent geese from entering it. However, the fence should be high enough to keep large geese from looking over it, and the fencing panels should be placed close enough to keep all geese from seeing between them.

You may wish to place wood fencing all around your garden to block off geese. If necessary, cover the top of the garden with a hoop house or some other type of protective barrier. Protective barriers with tiny openings that allow sunlight and oxygen to reach your plants is ideal.

Finally, add an underground irrigation system to the garden to keep your plants well-nourished throughout the year. You protect your garden from wandering geese without sacrificing the health of your plants.

Block Off Your Pond and Marsh

After you protect your garden, take steps to safeguard your pond or marsh. Canadian ponds and marshes make perfect homes for geese to breed and raise young. Although most geese migrate south during the winter, some geese choose to stay in Canada all year round. Resident geese live in pairs and will use the protective, tall cordgrass, cottontails and other natural water plants to establish nesting sites.

Placing large wire fencing around your pond or marsh is a good way to ward off mating geese. Also, removing the water plants around your pond or marsh may help block geese. If the geese don't have a place to nest, they may go elsewhere to build homes.

If none of the above wildlife control techniques work for you, try instilling fear in the pesky geese instead.

Put Up Dummies and Statues of Predators Around Your Property

Although geese don't have many natural predators to worry about because of their enormous sizes, Canadian brown bears, wolves and coyotes are three animals that will eat geese if they catch them. You can place movable or electronic wildlife dummies of these predators around your garden, marsh or pond to deter geese from landing or walking in these locations.

Geese tend to be very intelligent birds, so it's a good idea that you use lifelike decoys to scare them off. Your local wildlife contractor may point you in the right direction to find what you need, or you can purchase wildlife decoys online from a home and garden store.

If nothing you try works, call wildlife control to help you secure your property against geese all year round. Your contractor will use humane methods, such as goose repellents, to make your property inhospitable to geese. Your wildlife contractor is your last resort for help, so don't hesitate to call them when you need it. 

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1 June 2015