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Geese problems

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by Dollar Spot, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    I went to a seminar hosted by the ODNR about solving geese problems. They went over Ohio's regs and the general harassment techniques. Seems like the same old stuff, nothing new. Has anybody tried a technique that really works for you? It seems like it all boils down to timing and scaring them before they build their nest.

    Has anyone used a product called FlightControl Plus, made by SePRO?
  2. green_mark

    green_mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    We are a sponsor of the web site and have a product called Goose Repel.

    It works by disfavoring the grass and providing a lasting after effect that sticks in the memory of the goose so they don't come back.

    This will not bother any animal that is not feeding on the grass but for those who do it is quite unpleasant.
  3. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    That sounds like the same sort of product as FlightControl Plus. Do you have any distributors in Ohio? What is the cost per acre?
  4. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    Best solution I've seen other than shooting them (yes, i know thats a no-no) is having a dog around to keep chasing them around until they leave for a more desireable habitat
  5. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 152

    flight control works but you must reapply every month
    dog works the best, (if you can keep them from nesting that is half the battle)
    course so does the truck when they won't get out of the road
  6. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    I don't mind hunting them durring the seasons. Of course it has to be on a bad day when there are no golfers out there.

    I found out you have to be careful running the dog if they're nesting because if the dog damages the nest and you don't have a nest permit your in trouble. We have 120 acres with six lakes and ponds. You end up chasing them from lake to lake to lake all day long and unfortunately (it is fun) I and my staff have a few other things to do.
  7. green_mark

    green_mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    We ship direct.

    The cost per acre is $110.00
  8. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 152

    if your a golf course talk to your ODNR guy and see about a nuisance permit, they might let you destroy the eggs, which can be done by shaking them, or spraying vegetable oil on them. the latter being the easiest.
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    get an RC truck....

    I have seen golf courses string up heavy weight mono filament over the lakes in like 10-20 foot grids a few feet off the water which helps stop the geese from landing inthe water whichinturn help determ them from landing at all and taking up nest as then they loose a quick avenue of escape....

    Another option witch works but cost evenmore is to line the lake with taller grasses, this give predators a chance to hide and the geese will shy away from those areas in which offer predators place to stalk.
  10. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    To get a nuisance permit you have to prove to the ODNR that all your other techniques did not work. Then they come out and look at your site and may or may not issue the permit.

    The tall grass idea would not work because you would have to hit across the lake to the green and your line of sight would be blocked. In fact we have buffer zones around parts of a few lakes and the geese tend to nest in these wild areas. You wouldn't think so but they do. The only real predators around here would be raccoons for the eggs and coyotes for the eggs and goslings.

    We tried the wire approach and the golfers just can't leave it alone. If anything interferes with their swing they'll move it or knock it over. I had so much time repairing it and restringing it that it just wasn't worth it. I could blow the goose droppings off the green and repair the holes that the geese dug faster that I could maintain the wire.

    Thank you for all your suggestions and ideas, I really do appreciate them! If you come up with anything knew, I'm all ears (or would it be eyes?).

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