In the past, Canada Geese were generally seen twice a year as they migrated. However, today Canada Geese are as prevalent as English Sparrows and Brown Thrashers. Their year-round presence often wreaks havoc on golf courses, parks, agricultural fields, sports fields, pond docks, and residential lawns. Damage includes accumulation of feces, degrading water quality, property damage, and attacking humans if disturbed during nesting season.

If you are experiencing problems with Canada Geese, consider the following tips to help manage and prevent these pesky creatures.

1.†††††† Human Activities

a.†††††† Avoid feeding Canada Geese.

b.††††† Follow Federal and State Hunting Regulations and harvest the waterfowl.

2.†††††† Habitat Manipulation

a.†††††† Create vegetative buffers along the waterís edge. Buffers should be at least 10 feet wide and 24 inches tall.

b.††††† Install barrier fencing at least 18 inches tall. A two-line barrier is more effective than one.

c.†††††† Use chemical repellents such as Methyl Anthranilate or Anthraquinone.

3.†††††† Harassment Techniques

a.†††††† Chase birds away before they construct their nest.

b.††††† Use dogs, a natural predator, to disturb the flock.

c.†††††† Use noise makers like ATVís, lawn mowers, and propane cannons.

d.††††† Use visual deterrents such as balloons, Mylar tape, and predator decoys.

Perhaps the best tip is to combine several of these tips while being persistent and committed. To find more information on this topic visit the following link:

W. Justin Sealy
Area Forestry Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education