"Fowl" Geese Invading Property

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:26am


Dear Lyn, 

The GEESE! They're everywhere! Is there any way to deter them from making my lakefront their home? They're mean and they are leaving their "fowl" poo everywhere.


Feeling Fowl


Dear Feeling Fowl,

Landscapes of primarly turf grass (especially along the shoreline) attracks an overpopulation of exotic invasive Canada Geese. The amount of goose droppings spread throughout your lawn can be a serious health hazard. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, exposure to goose droppings can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections or respiratory illness. Geese droppings can also contain salmonella and other germs that cause gastrointestinal issues. Large numbers of geese leave large quantities of feces. A single goose can defecate every 20 minutes up to 1.5-2.0 pounds of feces each day.

A plant buffer along the shoreline and a glacial seawall can serve as a deterrent to Canada Geese, but is still attractive for humans. Taller vegetation at the shoreline discourages the geese because it creates limited visibility against predators, while the steeper slope into the water makes it more difficult for the geese to navigate.

You can learn more about deteering geese and creating a healthy lake habitat for your friends and family at Clear Choices, Clean Water.org.