The Canada Goose is One of the Most Common Pest Birds The Canada goose population has skyrocketed in the past 20 years. Currently in the U.S. & lower Canada, between 3.5 & 5.5 million non-migratory Giant Canada geese reside. They are joined by an additional 9 to 11 million migrant geese from northern Canada each fall to late spring. This population is growing exponentially at the rate of 30% each year! Canada geese also sometimes migrate to northern Europe, & have been introduced to countries such as Britain, New Zealand, & other temperate regions.
Problems Associated with Pest Geese:
- Unsightly mess – at least a pound of droppings per day per goose
- Disease risk – droppings can carry histoplastmosis & other infectious diseases that can be harmful & even fatal to humans
- Liability of slip-and-fall lawsuits or occupational disease lawsuits
- Danger of attack – geese are aggressive & territorial during nesting season
- High cost of cleanup, repair & maintenance
- Property devaluation
What’s the Difference Between “Distress,” “Alert” & “Alarm” Calls on Sonic Repellers?
Cornell University has made available recorded so-called “distress” calls of Canada geese for decades – they were recorded in a lab, having manipulated the geese in unnatural scenarios. The sounds are not anything a wild goose would recognize as more than sputtering indignation.
Several years ago, Dr. Philip Whitford, wildlife biologist & animal behavior expert, recorded alert & alarm calls under natural conditions, evoking immediate recognition. These were the first (& remain the only) such recorded calls in the world. “Alert” signifies uneasiness or concern about potential danger sources; “Alarm” denotes immediate danger requiring instant evacuation, without lingering to identify the source.
Dr. Whitford’s studies over the years have shown that the realistic nature of the alarm & alert calls is the best way to permanently rid a facility of birds – the geese are too intelligent and discriminating to be fooled by anything unnatural. The Bird-X GOOSEBUSTER is the only unit available which reproduces these sounds.
However, for the best control in large open spaces, the fully autonomous ProHawk UAV Drone is the most advanced solution. Bird-X teamed up with Google Maps on state-of-the-art GPS technology to set geographical waypoints and a flight path for the ProHawk UAV. The drone also emits terrifying predator cries, which combined with its threatening physical presence, has been used to scare geese away from large agricultural areas, golf courses, and parks.
Testing has shown considerable variation in initial goose reaction to alarm-call repellers, from instant & total departure to a nervous response & threatened behavior without evacuation. Results depend on past experience of geese, length of residency, & season. For specific information about geese nesting habits & seasonal behavior, download our helpful Calendar of the Goose.
Regardless of initial reaction, complete goose control is commensurate with your commitment to invest both time & effort. Your strongest efforts are needed at the outset; they will diminish as you achieve success. The alarm-call repeller uses geese’s long-term memory against them — once scared away repeatedly, they rarely return. Once the initial goose inhabitants have been driven off, best long-term results are obtained with on-demand use of the GooseBuster sounds only if new geese are sighted.
Floating Bird Balls are a great option for airport retention ponds. These balls eliminate waterfowl, like geese, by completely covering the water’s surface to prevent pest water birds from landing. The balls even allow sunlight to maintain the water’s ecosystem. Bacteria, and other vegetation growing on the balls is not a problem due to the continuous motion on the surface of the water.