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Controlling Geese – How to identify and deter them from your pond | Learning Center


As the warmer weather rolls in you will begin to notice a gathering of geese around your pond. While ponds are great for drawing wildlife some pond owners are hesitant to let geese congregate in their yard. How can geese become a nuisance in your pond and what can you do to keep them away?

Identification
The most common geese that pond owners face are Canadian Geese. These waterfowl inhabit just about any type of water body from lakes, rivers, and ponds to any area where water is present. Canadian Geese have a black head and neck and white cheeks. Their bodies are brown with a tan chest and are famous for their flocks flying in the V-shaped formation.

Challenges of Having Geese Around Your Pond
If you have ever been to a park that is frequented by geese you will notice that they tend to cover the entire ground with droppings. This abundance of waste is less than ideal for those of you that swim in your pond. The additional influx of organic waste can also cloud your water and promote increased weed and algae growth. Geese can also carry problematic items from neighboring ponds. Duckweed and leeches commonly hitch a ride on the feet of water foul like geese and ducks, which are then introduced into your pond as they loiter in your yard.

Whether or not you should let geese use your pond depends on what you want to use your pond for. If you use your pond for recreation or decorative purposes it will be in your best interest to keep them away. If your pond exists for reasons outside of recreation and you enjoy the additional sights and sounds of geese in the summer then rest assured that your feathered friends will be relieved to see your decoy free pond.

What You Can Do To Deter Them
To prevent your pond from becoming the local hot spot for geese this season try placing a pair of floating swan decoys in the water when the ice melts. It is very important to anchor the decoys with a length of rope to keep them moving around the pond. As geese are extremely territorial they will spot the swan decoys as they fly overhead and skip over your pond as they search for a less-crowded water body. Coyotes, alligators and motion activated decoys are also available forms of predator control if you are looking for alternative options.

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