Through the course of our client dealings, we have found that people try to get rid of geese on their properties on their own. Clients say that they have tried this or that and it did not work to get rid of the geese. Sometimes the reason what they tried did not work was a result of not using 'it' properly or using something that boasts false or unsubstantiated claims.
So we will be reviewing some goose control products that are on the market. We will let you know how to properly use them, what to expect and how well they work.
Stay tuned for our Product reviews.
Our first review is regarding dog cut outs, 3D fake coyotes and cardboard coyotes as pictured below.
We get calls from people who have tried these fakes to no avail. They have mean looks, glaring stares or in some cases, just a black shadow with an id tag.
The reason they do not work is because they are stationary. Geese are smart and are not fooled by imitations of a real working dog. Initially geese may be wary. But eventually they learn that the figure on the lawn does not move when they land or react when they fly above.
Here a gosling is not old enough to realize what a threat is. So when it walks up to an effigy and the effigy does not move, it tells the adult geese it is safe. There's no fear plastic dog is here!
Another good example is of very protective adult geese with their goslings feeding next to these effigies. We see these driving around our route all the time.
Left: This customer called and had a pair of aggressive geese chasing employees going to and from work. Unfortunately the cardboard coyote could not chase the geese! These geese even nested on the roof above. The male goose is shown here attacking his reflection in the window. He was more concerned about his reflection as a threat to his survival than the cardboard coyote.
Right: Here is picture from Maverick Detection Services. This is a black cut out of a German Shepherd. It has a very scary ID tag on it. The many geese surrounding him are wondering why he is there and why his owner has not claimed him. Hopefully he has a chip implanted so he can go back into storage.
There are countless images like this we could post from our experience and others. Most people spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on various products that do not work prior to calling us to get the geese out. Once our customers see our goose control dogs in action they say, "Well that was easy!" Well it is easy because the geese fear for their safety and lives. It is a natural instinct to survive and stay where it is safe. Once geese realize their on unsafe grounds, they will move somewhere else. We call this putting predatory pressure on the geese.
Our methods are safe, proven and quickly effective. Nothing beats the look and fear of a real predator on your property to get rid of geese. Our methods are PeTA and HSUS approved and endorsed. We are Certified Goose Management Professionals and members of the Wildlife Control Operators Association. We use highly trained Australian Shepherds to put pressure on geese to leave.
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