Canadian geese are large waterfowl with long black necks and distinct white markings on their cheeks and chins. Flocks of geese often form a “V” formation when flying. Geese have brown backs and tan undersides. They range between 2 to 3 feet in length and weigh 8 to 15 pounds. They primarily feed on aquatic vegetation, grass shoots, and grains. Populations grow quickly as a pair of geese can lay between 2 to 10 eggs each year.
Why Do I Have Them?
Canadian geese are native to North America and are found just about anywhere near a lake, river, or pond. Geese do not typically enter homes. They are primarily outdoor nuisance pests. Well-manicured lawns, golf courses, and farm fields are favored places for grazing and nesting.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
Geese cause damage to crops, landscaping, and gardens when grazing. Goose droppings can spread disease and stain walkways and driveways. Geese are territorial, especially around their nests, and attack adults, children, and pets.
Treatment & Control
How Do I Get Rid of Geese?
Geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This law makes it illegal to harm geese and their nests and eggs without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wilde Service. Our bird control specialists have the proper skills and certifications to eliminate goose problems. Our professionals employ humane removal techniques to catch and release or deter these problematic birds.
Habitat modification is the best way to control geese. Ban people from feeding the birds. Geese avoid tall grasses because they may hide predators, so creating natural vegetation barriers or putting up fencing can be effective. Scare geese with predator decoys.