If you have geese affecting your property you have come to the right place for professional help. We are professional goose trappers and wildlife control technicians.
We use the most current goose control cleanup and removal techniques. Contact us or give us a call to schedule professional coaching or our geese removal services.
General Goose Facts
Canadian geese are easily recognized by their black heads, necks and bills which contrast sharply with their pale gray breasts. The back and wings are usually some shade of brown and geese often have a distinct white patch on their cheeks. Geese will often be confused with ducks, and vice versa.
A goose can weigh between six and 13 pounds, depending on the subspecies. A goose can live for as long as 24 years.
When geese, or branta Canadensis maxima, travel together, their flock forms in the shape of a “V.” When you hear geese honking in the sky and see them traveling in large groups, it is usually a good sign that autumn is on its way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q-1. WHERE DO GEESE LIVE?
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A. Geese generally nest on shorelines, islands, man-made structures and muskrat and beaver lodges. If an area provides a water source, cover for a nest and a good place for the bird to have a lookout, it is likely a goose will build its home there. Since geese most always choose to live near water, flooding is often a destructive force for goose nests. Geese are also attracted to lawns with short, mowed grass.
Lakes, marshes, fields, golf courses, ponds and reservoirs are all common areas where a goose infestation may occur, but any place that provides food and shelter for a goose may become its new home. Many golf courses, backyard ponds and even swimming pools offer both food and shelter for flocks of geese. United Wildlife’s goose controllers know how to effectively remove the geese and to employ goose prevention techniques, as well.
If geese are nesting near your home or business, they draw other geese by decoy. Geese and other migrant waterfowl are drawn to other geese. They sense that those geese must have food and good goose shelter if they’re all gathering around. A goose’s nest will tend to be very large, sometimes up to four feet across.
Q-2. WHEN ARE GEESE MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Migratory geese spend the winter months in the southern United States. Some Canada geese don’t migrate at all, and those are the geese that live throughout the country year-round. Early April is the time when most geese start to build their nests, just in time for the mother goose to lay four to seven white eggs, while the male goose stands watch close by. Some geese have been known to lay up to 12 eggs at a time. Canada geese are monogamous, meaning they only have one partner. The eggs will stay in the nest for about a month, and the first week of May usually sees the most goose-egg hatchings.
For six weeks every summer, geese molt. The loss of feathers causes them to be unable to fly during that period of time.
Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO GEESE EAT?
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A. All geese are herbivorous grazers that enjoy eating aquatic plants and seeds, clover, cultivated grains and grasses from a lawn or golf course. An adult goose will eat up to four pounds of grass a day.
Q-4. WHY SHOULD I LEARN HOW TO GET RID OF GEESE AROUND MY GOLF COURSE, POND, SWIMMING POOL OR LAWN?
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A. Many people enjoy hearing the sounds of geese honking, seeing it as a sign of a season change. But geese honking all day outside your home or business can be just as loud and intrusive as the barks of an alarmed dog.
An adult goose can drop two pounds of fecal matter on your lawn and pathways daily. While eating, a goose will relieve itself every six to eight minutes. Goose droppings not only look horrible on benches, buildings, cars and lawns, but they also speed deterioration. Goose droppings can damage machinery and contaminate foods. Goose dung can burn your lawn. Sometimes, goose droppings can make a surface slick and dangerous to walk on. A large amount of goose fecal matter may produce a nasty smell and damage plants and crops. Goose fecal matter has been linked to the spread of diseases and bacterial infections.
Two geese can quickly become six. The population growth of geese ranges from 10 to 17 percent annually. And once geese find a suitable place to nest in your back yard or golf course, they are liable to come right back after their winter migration. As humans create landscaped yards with well-manicured lawns dotted with ponds and other water features, geese are finding perfect habitats in which they can thrive.
Goose droppings, nest paraphernalia and feathers can get sucked into your home’s vents and drain pipes and create a fire hazard, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs. Gutters can also be blocked, causing water to seep indoors and cause flooding.
When vents become toilets and garbage cans for geese, any disease, bug or odor that comes along with geese can contaminate the air that you breathe and any foods meant for human consumption. Mechanical units found on the roof can be damaged if goose feathers and nesting get caught in the fans.
Simply due to the natural circle of life, geese die. Their smells, parasites and diseases are left behind to affect you, your family and employees.
Q-5. GEESE ARE AROUND MY LAWN, GOLF COURSE, SWIMMING POOL OR POND. WHAT OTHER GOOSE DAMAGE IS THERE?
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A. Geese have excellent homing capabilities and will return to the same nesting site, even if the nest has been damaged or removed. Leaving a flock of geese on your property can be a real liability because of slip-and-fall hazards and contamination from droppings and nest materials. Expensive regular cleanup costs would need to be factored in to the home or business budget if geese are left to live on lawns or golf courses.
All these goose pest problems will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has a goose infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix the goose problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to goose flock problems.
Geese are territorial birds and will not hesitate to protect their nest and eggs from a human or house pet they see as a threat. An aggressive adult goose can easily knock down a child or senior citizen, and geese can fly up to 50 mph. An aggressive goose will hiss at you and rear its head and then perhaps charge. Geese will fly up and hit a human, cat or dog in the face. This is especially likely if the goose has nested in a place near human traffic, including a parking lot or shrubbery near a building.
Geese can cause agricultural damage to your yard, field or golf course through eating and trampling on the vegetation. If high goose numbers exist in shallow waters, their droppings can change the water’s ecology and cause bacterial and algae problems. Geese and their eggs have several predators, including raccoons, skunks, fox and coyotes. If a flock of geese nests on your lawn or golf course, these other animal pests will be attracted to your property, bringing all their dangers and nuisances with them.
Q-6. I HEARD GEESE CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Geese do carry diseases, including swimmer’s itch, histoplasmosis, toxoplasmosis, and giardia. These goose illnesses are spread by contact with goose poop, nest materials and dead geese.
When geese live in your pond, swimming pool or nearby lake, parasites that live on the geese will infest the water and climb aboard swimmers, giving them swimmer’s itch. The parasite larvae crawl onto the skin and burrow under it, which leads to a very severe, itchy red rash. The itching will last for up to two weeks; each time a person gets swimmer’s itch the symptoms become more severe.
Histoplasmosis is a fungus disease contracted through airborne spores in goose droppings. If geese have been on your lawn for a while, these spores can even infect the soil you garden in. Its symptoms may be anything from a mild influenza to blood abnormalities and fever, or even death. An eye condition has been linked to the goose disease histoplasmosis and can lead to blindness in those who contract it.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection that invades human tissue and can severely damage the central nervous system, especially in babies. Pregnant women are in extreme danger if infected with toxoplasmosis.
Geese carry the bacteria salmonella. People who pick up salmonella bacteria can become seriously ill with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills. Salmonella can also affect the blood. Goose salmonella can be spread through goose fecal matter.
If a human touches soil or water that has been tainted with goose droppings, and then touches his or her mouth, that human is at risk for giardia. Giardia symptoms can include cramps, bloating, diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss, and can last for a prolonged amount of time. Children who play near ponds or lakes with geese living nearby are especially at risk for giardia.
Q-7. DO CONENOSE PARASITES AND OTHER BUGS REALLY LIVE ON GEESE?
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A. Little critters can get a ride on a goose’s back. The closer you are to geese, the more chance you have of coming into contact with mites, ticks, fleas, lice, conenose bugs and other nibbling insects.
Bed bugs and swallow bugs are closely related parasites that can bite humans, causing itchy red welts all over the body.
Conenose bugs are bloodsucking parasites that can feed off humans. Bites from conenose bugs sometimes produce allergic reactions, which can be cause for concern in certain individuals. A bite may produce itchy welts or swelling of the tongue, larynx and trachea.
Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.
Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl down into buildings that geese are nesting near, and travel great distances to attach themselves to people.
If a goose brings fleas near your home, most likely the biting bug will hop onto your house pet’s back. Once inside, large flea populations can build up quickly. Fleas live on the outside of their hosts’ bodies and need to feed on blood in order to produce eggs.
Goose lice are not capable of living off a human host, but they do bite humans on occasion.
A goose bug living in a nest can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the goose nest and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the goose abandons its nest for any reason, the whole caboodle of goose bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our goose control experts remove goose nests and other garbage after all the geese have been trapped.
Geese are a liability for businesses, restaurants, golf courses and swimming pools. Goose diseases or goose bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by geese, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness.
Q-8. WHY SHOULDN’T I TRAP OR KILL GEESE MYSELF?
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A. It is illegal to kill geese or to disturb their nests or eggs without express permission. Besides, simply killing the geese yourself doesn’t do any good, as more will come back later. Goose prevention measures have to be taken to make sure they don’t nest there again. The goose waste and nest materials need to be cleaned up, too. This task requires proper clothing and respigeeseory gear so that you don’t expose yourself, your family or co-workers to conenose bugs and disease-ridden droppings.
Homeowners may try to take matters into their own hands by shooting and poisoning geese. First of all, this is illegal activity. Illegal use of poison can affect pets and people. Shooting causes even more goose problems, besides the fact that it’s illegal to shoot a gun in most urban and suburban areas.
Q-9. I’VE HAD GEESE RETURN TO MY SWIMMING POOL, GOLF COURSE, LAWN OR POND FOR YEARS. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE ANIMAL CONTROL HELP ME SOLVE MY GOOSE PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the prevention of geese in ponds, golf courses, lawns and swimming pools. We use special block-out and repellent techniques. The geese will be treated in a humane manner.
United Wildlife animal control can use repellents and reproductive neutralizers to stop the spread of geese on your property. Our goose experts can suffocate goose eggs but keep them intact, fooling the mother goose into thinking the egg should hatch so she won’t lay more. At certain times of the year, United Wildlife animal control can round up geese and take them to a relocation center or euthanize them, depending on the type of goose. (True Canadian geese are protected by federal law, but regulations relax significantly in the case of non-Canadian geese and ducks.)
If geese have already died anywhere else near your living or working space, we offer dead goose removal services and can also help clear odors caused by decomposing geese.
We’re experienced goose controllers who will travel any distance to solve your goose nuisance, and we can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas, including digital photographs via e-mail. We can also ship you the necessary products to control geese yourself. Either way, we will work with you to solve your goose infestation. There is not a goose problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s knowledgeable assistance. We’ll eliminate geese safely, humanely and right.
Q-10. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR GOOSE REMOVAL OR TO GET RID OF GEESE?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s goose removal specialists and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per goose, time taken, products used and number of service calls. Prices will vary depending on the severity of the goose problem. Depending on the amount of geese and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the goose problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of goose control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of geese.
United Wildlife goose control experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.
Q-11. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE REMOVES THE GEESE?
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A. After removal is complete by repelling the existing population of geese, our goose control professionals can set up goose repellent systems so the geese have a hard time getting cozy on your property again. United Wildlife can help stop the geese from nesting on your home or business by preventing them from forming nests in the first place. Our goose control experts can install such goose deterrents safely and correctly.
United Wildlife can also do follow-up goose removal that may have to be done after this point, and take care of the goose clean-up needs you may run into. Goose waste removal is crucial, even if we have successfully removed the live geese from your lawn or golf course. The goose fecal matter, even when dry and old, still carries disease. In fact, dry goose poop can be most dangerous because it easily flakes off into the air, releasing infectious diseases and spores into the air.
Goose nesting material and feathers will also need to be disposed of to prevent conenose or goose bug infestations inside your home or business through the use of safe, effective insecticides.
Do remember that geese are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the goose removal field, a particular goose situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent geese near your home or business in the future.
Our mission at United Wildlife is to help identify your goose pest damage. We will remove the existing goose pest and develop a custom-wildlife solution to stop or control the goose problem from occurring again.
In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional goose control, prevention and cleanup, any referrals are always appreciated.