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Goose Repellent: Get rid of geese

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Goose Repellent Often found on large inland bodies of water–like lakes, reservoirs, large ponds, and on seashores and rivers–Canada Geese are grazers and feed in shallow water, pastures and arable land. Without goose repellents, these birds are most likely to return to the area they were born. These geese leave behind an abundance of droppings, which can be a health hazard, and feathers. Canada Geese graze relentlessly, killing grass in areas where they reside and leaving piles of unsightly poop. Keep these birds away from with bird control products.

There are several humane bird solutions to get rid of geese. One method of deterring Canada Geese is by removing their food source. This can be done with Migrant Goose Repellant is a non-toxic, food grade liquid product that is used to deter geese from common grazing areas, like lawns and shrubs. Migrant Goose Repellant is made from a non-toxic grape extract that when ingested causes an irritation to the mucous membranes and trigeminal nerves resulting in the geese avoiding the treated area. Disrupting their habitat by removing any reeds will also discourage geese from nesting in grassy areas.

Scare tactics such as sound bird deterrents are also effective in goose control. Sonic Shield is a motion activated device that replicates a vicious dog barking sound when triggered. The sensor reaches a distance of about 30 feet to the front and 20 feet side to side. This is an inexpensive solution to bird control. The Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic another sound bird deterrent. It is more costly than the Sonic Shield but reaches a much greater distance and is very effective. It plays goose distress calls and predator sounds to scare geese away from property(or any area within a one acre radius).

The scarecrow is another effective motion activated scare tactic that sprays water from a sprinkler system every time it is triggered by motion. The scarecrow is used for lawns, docks, pools and other areas.  Coyote decoys are another inexpensive solution to getting rid of geese. These decoys can be placed in the nearby area and keep geese away since coyote feed on them.
Most goose control products are easy to install, however, if you have neither the time nor resources to install the goose deterrent products, there are wildlife and pest control professionals that offer humane capture and release services.

Get rid of the geese and get back to lush green grass!

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Geese Invade Malone University Campus

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Get rid of geeseThroughout the Malone University Campus in Canton, Ohio, a growing gaggle of geese has been camping out on walkways and lawns, honking and even attacking some students as they walk to class. Some unfortunate students have even stepped in the green-colored droppings left by the noisy intruders. The Canada geese have been congregating between Cattell Library and Mitchell Hall.  In some instances, geese have completely blocked sidewalks.

While the hope is that the geese are just visiting, one faculty member who teaches ornithology noted that some populations of geese remain throughout the year in Ohio. Drawn by the manicured lawns, tasty vegetation and the absence of predators, the geese are likely to call this campus their home.  While there are no large bodies of water on campus, experts believe the geese, like the ducks before them, will adapt and make nests there.

Campus officials worry that once the geese take to nesting, the campus will be overrun since geese are prolific reproducers. The other concern is that Canada geese are protected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, so permits are needed to hunt them out of season or destroy their eggs.

So far, campus officials have considered resorting to dogs, scarecrows and lasers to get rid of the geese. Malone’s Director of Physical Plant suggested some goose controls but these were considered inhumane.  A Department of Natural Resources publication noted that hunting virtually eliminated Canada geese from Ohio by 1900. But by 2000, the Division of Wildlife estimated there were 84,000 Canada geese in Ohio.

Perhaps it’s time for Malone University to implement some professional goose control measures. Here are two —a goose repellant and a goose deterrent—that will get rid of geese quickly, efficiently and humanely:

Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic Goose Deterrent

Broadcasting pre-recorded goose-distress calls, the Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic system intimidates geese over a wide area. The system comes with one internal speaker that covers a full acre and more speakers can be added to cover up to five acres. The Goose-B-Gone Super Sonic is fully programmable to operate between 65 to 105 decibels and can be turned on or off at night. The system is ruggedly designed for outdoor use, with UV-protected materials to endure harsh sun and weather.

Migrate Goose Repellent

Turning a goose food source into a sour-tasting substance, Migrate Goose Repellent transforms grass areas and shrubs into a natural repellent. This non-toxic liquid is easily applied by grounds crew and won’t harm people or pets. Its active ingredient is Methyl Anthranilate, a harmless grape extract that irritates a goose’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes.  One or two bites of a chemically treated lawn or shrub will make geese think twice about considering campus lawns and shrubs as a food source. Migrate lasts up to three months outdoors, and won’t wash off with rain or sprinklers. One gallon covers about 16,000 square feet for one application.

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Geese Invade NIU Campus

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Keep geese awayNorthern Illinois University has been invaded by geese. The fearless birds seem to be everywhere on campus, walking on the sidewalk outside DuSable, paying no mind to buses and cars, picking at trash on the ground–the problems are almost too numerous to mention.

The geese return to NIU every year. One goose, known as Boris, after having settled near the Chick Evans Field House, would chase, bite and squawk at all passersby. The geese also cause dangerous traffic situations. The large birds routinely take over crosswalks, stopping buses, cars and motorcycles, causing near collisions. Nesting on residence hall roofs, taking up sidewalks and crosswalks, these geese have literally taken over the campus.

Canada geese are big–they can weigh up to 24 lbs.—and also quite aggressive, chasing students and pets with an annoying “honking” noise. In flight, geese can reach speeds up to 50 mph, so they can injure people who don’t duck out of their way. Since they are territorial birds, they will protect their nest and eggs from a human or pet.

Goose droppings can carry diseases, including histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis and giardia. The parasite larvae crawl onto the skin and burrow under it, creating a red itchy rash.

To keep geese off campus, you’ll need some serious goose deterrents. Banging pots, shooting BB guns and leaving poisons are ineffective and dangerous. Fortunately, there are several deterrents that are both humane and effective.

Super Sonic Goose Deterrent

Broadcasting pre-recorded goose distress calls to deter geese from outdoor areas, Super Sonic Goose Deterrents feature a built-in speaker that covers up to an acre of land. These sounds are repeated every ten minutes to warn geese of impending danger. When geese hear these calls, their natural instinct is to leave the area. You can add more speakers to cover larger areas. The best sonic deterrents can be programmed to shut off automatically at night. Incidentally, ultrasonic deterrent devices are ineffective, since geese can’t hear these high frequency sounds.

Goose Repellent

Geese love to nibble on shrubs and lawns. Goose Repellent makes grass areas and shrubs inedible to geese. The liquid repellent is non toxic and safe to use around people and pets. It uses a non-toxic grape extract (Methyl Anthranilate) that irritates a goose’s trigeminal nerves and mucous membranes. One gallon of Goose Repellent covers approximately 16,000 square feet and lasts three months. It can be applied with any simple hand held sprayer.

Scarecrows

These motion-activated sprinklers hit geese with a “Hello” but harmless blast of water whenever the birds wander into their radius of protection. The combination of water spray, startling sound and realistic looking bird head convince even the most stubborn geese to disperse and avoid the area. Scarecrows are easily connected to any garden hose, and their sensitivity and blast radius are easily adjusted to suit the specific venue. Scarecrows typically cover an area of about 1,200 square feet (35-foot by 45-foot wide). And you can get up to 1,000 “firings” on a single 9-volt battery.

 

 

 

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Goose Sound Deterrents

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Written By: Fran Prisco

Each year thousands of Golf Courses, Parks, Green Belts, Back Yards, Baseball Fields and even cemeteries are inundated with messy, slippery Canada Goose droppings.   Canada Geese can be found on any type of grassy area that surrounds water, from backyard ponds, to large lakes and rivers.  They breed throughout North America. Spring migration usually starts in late winter and will take several weeks to complete.  The fall migration will begin when the water and soil begins to freeze.  Geese feed mainly on land grazing on grassy plants and our lawns.  In the spring and summer they can feed for up to 12 hours a day.  This extended feeding leads to a lot of waste; a goose produces up to a pound of droppings a day.  Multiply that by hundreds of geese and you have a big problem with goose droppings.  This can lead to public health concerns in parks, golf courses, and other public areas.

One method of goose control are goose sound deterrents. (more…)

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Globally, airlines loose $1.2B due to bird strikes

Monday, June 20th, 2011

From THE NATION:

Global airlines lose $1.2b to bird strike

By Kelvin Osa- Okunbor

Stakeholders in the global aviation industry yesterday took stock of the debilitating effects of bird strikes to aircraft engines and operations, estimating the loss at $1.2 billion.

They spoke at an international workshop on aviation hazard management in Africa, organised by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in collaboration with the United States Federal Aviation Administration and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation Ms Anne Ene Ita said the frequency of bird strikes in West Africa was worrisome.

She said in the global context of air transport, bird strike was not only dominant but also remains a natural and universal phenomenon.

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Goose Repellent helps keep Pesky Geese at Bay

Friday, July 17th, 2009

goose repellentCanada Geese are recognized by the “V” formation they create as they migrate in the spring and fall over North America. Up-close, they can be identified by their long black necks, a white “chin strap”, and brownish grey feathers.

Many people assume that Canada geese fly south in the fall to reach warmer climate, then return to nest in early spring. This behavior has changed over the years due to many variables, and Wildlife specialists are seeing more geese remain in one spot year round. Known as residential Geese, there are usually three common denominators that define their ideal location: a mild climate, food and water. Resident geese have been staking their claim on residential and commercial properties across the nation, leaving many property owners with one question, what can I do?

Geese are grazers, and lawns near water provide an excellent food source. Golf Courses, gardens, beaches, residential lawns, and parks are regularly becoming swamped with pesky Geese. Treating grass areas with a goose repellent is a good start to controlling a goose problem. If you take away the food source, the geese will have to move on.
Migrate turf Spray is a goose repellent used to prevent geese from grazing. The repellent is made of a non-toxic grape extract that has been used to repel geese and birds for ages. The extract, methyl anthranilate, is a food grade substance, approved by the FDA, also used in grape flavored candy and soda. When the repellent is applied to a lawn area, the grass will no longer be edible for geese; they will have to move on to a better location with a food source.

Beyond the Migrate Goose Repellent, there are also visual and audio products available to help deter pest geese. Visual deterrents include coyote decoys, balloons, and flash tape. These products work well when set up where the geese are entering a property.  If you have geese entering your lawn from a water area, the bank is ideal spot for placing such products. There are audio systems that can also be used to repel pest geese. The Goose-B-Gone Sonic is an outdoor sound deterrent that plays a mixture of predator and distress calls. When the geese hear these calls, their natural instinct is to flee from the area. The Goose-B-Gone Sonic is weatherproof, and can cover between 1-5 acres.

Many wildlife specialists recommend using an integrated approach to deterring geese. That is, using a repellent in addition to other products to try and appeal to different senses. Combining a few different methods will render the property undesirable to the Geese. If one method is used the geese may adapt, but taking away the crucial elements can bring you on step closer to a goose free property.

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Goose Control at Airports

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

by Fran Prisco

GooseFlock_001Controlling pest geese at airports has become quite a topic in the news today.  On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 ended up in the Hudson River after losing both of its engines to bird strikes.  On its initial climb out of LaGuardia Airport, the plane flew through a flock of Canada Geese, which resulted in a complete loss of thrust from both engines.  Although it is unusual for a plane to lose both engines to bird strikes, The FAA says that in 2008 there where almost 7,000 reported incidents of bird strikes with planes, and that’s only a quarter of the actual ones that are happening each day.

For obvious reasons most wide-open grassy areas surround airports, which make perfect places for pest birds such as Canada Geese to make their homes.  These areas are usually fenced in and off limits to the public, so the geese have found a nice home where they are virtually undisturbed.  There is plenty of grass to graze on and often a water source as well. Having a growing population of geese residing just a few miles off the departure end of a runway is a big concern for any air traffic control manager. Most airports try to chase the birds with sounds such as cannons and banging or screeching shells which birds can become accustomed to.  They spend countless hours chasing the birds with these devices and yet the geese keep coming back.  So how can airports rid the surrounding areas of pest geese more effectively?

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