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Need help getting rid of Geese!

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by LawnBoyatWork, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. LawnBoyatWork

    LawnBoyatWork LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 24

    :gunsfirin I manage a 110 acre facility and I am having a problem with geese.
    They are destroying the turf and causing erosion on our pond banks.
    Has anyone used Filght Control Plus? We practice egg addling plus
    other management methods, but if anyone has any suggestions please let
    me know. A collie right now is out of my reach.
     
  2. JT1304

    JT1304 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    My brother-in-law uses Flight Control on some of his properties and swears by it. Told me it helps remove the geese and helps keep them away. GOOD LUCK!
     
  3. SamTheLawnMan

    SamTheLawnMan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    If I lived closer I would come over and show just how I would get rid of those geese........ It would involve a case of shotgun shells and my trusty 12 gauge Browning.....LOL :p
     
  4. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 792

    .22LR haha just kidding, i would try fishing line
     
  5. Bigtreeman

    Bigtreeman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I have heard of setting up coyote decoys. You can get them from Cableas online. Used for archery targets.

    You have to set them up and move them often (maybe daily)
     
  6. david scott

    david scott LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    I would have to agree w/sam. But seriously 120 acres idont knoe how many houses are around or if it's in the city but it's probably private property and you could obtain a nuisance liscense or something, but there's probably no pressure on them bieng there,that's why they are there in the first place. shoot a few and once they learn it's not a safe haven fewer will return. i'm located100's of miles south of you and they are a nuisance down here to. let P.E.T.A. cry about it but it's the most effective way:gunsfirin :gunsfirin
     
  7. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    you could always throw some decoys that look like they are dead and they geese will think they are. heres a pic of one its from www.gemplers.com

    PG75664B.jpg
     
  8. LawnBoyatWork

    LawnBoyatWork LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 24

    I am located on a area of 110 acres. Fifty Acres are buildings ... I can have a wildlife officer remove the geese, but for them to do it the state charges me $75.00 per bird removed. I can't justify that expense unless I wanted to totally deplete my budget.
     
  9. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 156

    We've used flight control for a few years. There are people who work with me that think it works great. I've seen the geese landing behind the sprayer eating grass and they're always back within a week.

    In my opinion the only thing that really works is harrassment. Unfortunately after a high school kid got charged with animal cruelty for hitting a seagull in a parking lot less than two miles from here, we're hesitant to go out and harrass them with the whole world watching.
     
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    If it wasn't winter time. you could set up one of thos emotion control sprinklers, or you can sit out there with a RC car or truck and chase em around.....If you string up fishing line across the pond or sodded areas it will deter them....But thats alot of fishing line....
     

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