Geese Pest Control Milton Keynes, Bletchley & Newport Pagnell
Geese were initially introduced to the UK as an ornamental attraction to parks and gardens and have now become established as a common resident bird in both suburban and rural habitats. They live in ponds, lakes, marshals and coastal flats. They are mostly non-migratory, moving only short distances between breeding. Geese leave up to 3 pounds of droppings each, per day so the mess they create can be very unsightly to the areas they inhabit.
The Problems Geese Cause
- Geese eat large quantities of vegetation, stripping lakes and ponds of grass and plant species by overgrazing.
- The number of droppings they leave can look unsightly as well as being a slip hazard and a hygiene problem.
- Geese can carry Bacteria which can cause such things as Chlamydiosis, E-Coli, Listeria, Pasteurella Multocida and Salmonella. They can spread these through faeces, nasal discharge, or bites. Humans tend to manifest infection by having Pneumonia or through a wound.
Geese Control Methods
- Shooting (where legal) - Shooting adult birds can be successful for significant reduction of populations.
- Scaring – Visual and acoustic scarers can affect rural areas.
- Habitat Adjustment – Removal of nesting areas may reduce the breeding population, alternatively making banks steeper or establishing dense vegetation on water margins act as a deterrent.
- Fencing - Putting fences around feeding areas or waters edges make an area less attractive to geese.
Prevention Of Future Geese Damage And Infestation
- Invest in a liquid bird repellent that will prevent geese from nesting at your property all season long.
- Avoid trimming grasses around lakes and ponds to obstruct the view of birds.
- Install mesh or wire to prevent birds from accessing bodies of water.
- Let shoreline vegetation and plants to grow to inhibit bird's access to water.