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The geese are really making a mess. How can I prevent them from using my pond? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A


Q: The geese are really making a mess. How can I prevent them from using my pond?

Q: The geese are really making a mess. How can I prevent them from using my pond?

Dawn – Ripon, WI

A: Geese can certainly make a mess of a lake’s shoreline—and that mess is unsightly. The best way to keep that mess off your lawn and pond is to prevent geese from stopping in the first place!

One of the best ways to do that is to put up a decoy. They’re designed to dissuade the mess makers from choosing your shoreline for their home.

Swan Decoy: Swans and geese make similar nesting areas, but they don’t flock together. In fact, swans are quite territorial and aggressive toward geese—especially when there are baby swans in the mix. So when geese see a swan decoy, like the Floating Swan Decoy, they will fly on by to find a lake or pond that’s not inhabited by their grumpy cousins.

Alligator Decoy: Whether your lake is in Florida, Wisconsin or Oregon, your resident geese will scatter when an alligator decoy, like the Gator Guard Decoy, is deployed. Geese instinctively fear alligators, even if they’ve never seen one before.

Coyote Decoy: Geese (and just about every other critter) do not like coyotes. The 3D Coyote Decoy looks lifelike from all angles, particularly when the wind blows and moves its tail and body. Geese will spot this movement from a great distance and steer clear of it. Nesting birds and other rodents will not want to seek refuge anywhere near your property if they spot this lurking predator in the open!

When using decoys to deter geese, don’t forget to move them around every few days. If you leave them in the same spot, the geese will realize it’s a fake and move in.

Here’s a fun fact for you: Geese are flightless for one month beginning in late June through early August. They are in a serious molting period. So, it’s best to keep them away prior to being grounded.

Pond Talk: What are some other ways to keep geese off your property?

Keep Pesky Geese Away - OrnaMates(tm) Floating Swan Decoy

3 Responses

  1. String fishing line across the pond. (One X should do the trick; it’s almost invisible to humans) The geese and heron think their wings will be caught in it.

    • Hi Susan – That is a good suggestion for smaller water gardens and ponds. Unfortunately, it’s not very easy for large ponds and lakes to use fishing line, especially those friends who use their ponds for swimming and fishing.

  2. HI DAWN, I AM SORRY I DON’T HAVE THE ANSWER ,BUT WHAT I HAVE HEARD IS THAT THE COYOTE WORKS AND THE SWAN TOO.YOU JUST HAVE TO MOVE THEM EVERY 3-4 DAYS. HERON ARE TERRITORIAL. I GOT MINE FROM POND GUY. HE IS VERY DISTINGUISHED UPRIGHT LOOKING , THAT IS WHY I CALL HIM ” SIR GEORGE ” HE SEEMINGLY IS DOING HIS JOB. SO FAR NO HERON HERE !!!!. I WOULD GET OR DO WHAT EVERY POND GUY TELLS YOU. IF THEY DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER THEY WILL CALL YOU BACK, THEY DID ME!!! THEY ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE. IT TOOK ME ( 3 ) DAYS TO GET USED TO HIM, HE SCARED ME, & WIFE TOO. LOOKED SOOOOO REAL !!! I LIVE IN THE CITY ,GEESE NEED LOTS OF ROOM !!!
    GOOD LUCK , YOUR PONDERING FRIEND– GREG JOHNSON

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