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Canadian Geese repellent?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Greenie, May 9, 2002.

  1. Greenie

    Greenie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    We have a couple of geese frequenting the waterfront lawn area lately. These geese leave huge and numerous droppings that are almost as objectionable as dog poop. The geese and ducks also create a swimmer's itch problem.
    Does anyone know of a humane and p-c method of permanently encouraging the geese to leave?
  2. theplantdoctor

    theplantdoctor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Try this, I have had great success against the "annual goose attack". Seems every spring some new ones try, I guess they don't talk to each other much!

    2 tbsp. of cayenne pepper,
    2 tbsp. of Tabasco sauce,
    2 tbsp. of chili powder,
    1 tbsp. of dish Soap, and
    1 quart of warm water.
    Mix all of the ingredients together. Pour into a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, and liberally spray.

  3. Esby33

    Esby33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I would say this should take care of your problem.

    Remington 1187 12 gauge.
    I would give some 2 or 4 shot a try, should do that trick:D
  4. digger1

    digger1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    we have a terrible goose problem in st. louis. talked yesterday with a guy who has done the following at his home (he has a large lake (pond). try stretching string in a criss cross pattern in the area where the geese are. the string only needs to be a couple inches off the ground. geese do not like to step over any kind of object. he said it worked great and no more geese.

    another suggestion is to turn out rover and let him get some exercise chasing them (beats having to walk the dog when he can exercise himself). they hate to be harrassed and will move to another location.

    if the problem is really bad, contact local conservation dept. for suggestions. blastin 'em with the ole 12 gauge sounds great but beware, geese are considered migratory fowl and shootin' them out of season can land you in court and several $$$$$ less in your wallet.
  5. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Flight Control

    This product is colorless and completely safe for animals and plants.
    You spray it on the lawn where geese frequent.

    Geese see grass blades covered with black spots (geese see different parts of the spectrum than humans) and land anyway.

    After eating the spotted grass they get a mild case of indigestion and are then dissuaded from returning to any area that has spotted grass.

    Repeat apps are necessary over time and the stuff is not cheap but will get the job done and is cheaper than dealing with the potential human hazard of goose droppings.

  6. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Flight control is the neatest way to go with geese. http://www.flightcontrol.com/

    There are a lot of old wives tales and special folk cures. Most of these are stories, and even if they did work for someone somewhere, you're not likely to have the same set of circumstances on your site as the successful site.

    There are people who train dogs to chase the geese, then hire out to rid areas of geese; the dogs even go into the water after the pests. Funniest one I ever saw was written up in a trade mag few years ago. A golf super had taken a large remote control car, and mounted a hollowed out goose decoy on it. Then he raced the fake goose through the flocks. The geese apparently were bothered by this bionic goose, and left his course.
  7. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    get a shelty collie.

    they hate everything.

    the neighbors might even pack up and leave from all of the yapping!

  9. smithf36

    smithf36 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 61

    Flight Control has worked for us at an apartment complex with ponds. Works very well.
  10. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Geogunn might be on to something.On the week-end 2 Canadian Geese were swimming around the lake honking and teasing all the dogs along the waterfront, when they came by our dock our large Black Lab stood up and they started to swim towards him. As soon as our little Shelties looked at them(she didn't even have to bark) they flew off. Maybe because of their herding skills geese, sheep etc. know not to mess with a Sheltie.


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