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problem geese #140936

Asked July 15, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

I belong ot an organization that has a memorial walkway in a city setting. Close to the walkway is a small pond. Our problem is the geese that are attracted here and the mess they make on our bricks. Is there anything or anyway to discourage the geese from this area?
Thank you

Morton County North Dakota

Expert Response

Thank you for using eXtension. Geese are very persistent. They get used to the many different frightening devices. You need to use many different kinds. Have you tried to talk to game and fish? Maybe they have some ideas. Good luck. Jackie Buckley Morton County Extension Agent. 701.667.3340

I found this online:

Two types of chemicals are currently registered with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency as goose repellents: methyl anthranilate (MA) and anthraquinone
(AQ). Both chemicals were originally designed to be sprayed on grass, thus making
the grass unpalatable to geese. In recent years, however, MA has also been used as
an aerosol to chase geese away.
MA is a naturally occurring nontoxic, biodegradable food ingredient found in
concord grapes and orange blossoms. It has been used as a fragrance and flavoring
in many consumer products, such as grape bubble gum and is less toxic than table salt. Two MA-based repellents found in the marketplace are ReJeXiT and Repel.
AQ is a naturally occurring compound found in a wide variety of plants and is virtually odorless. The compound is harmless to wildlife and humans, and it persists in all weather conditions (rain, snow, ice). Flight Control is the only AQ-based repellent currently on the market.
All chemical repellents have specific instructions on the label which explain the proper application techniques and directions. It is extremely important to follow the label directions so that the repellents will work properly. In general terms, for turf application MA or AQ is mixed with water at the specified dilution rate and applied to grass areas where the birds are feeding. When geese feed on the treated grass, the repellent
causes a strong reaction in the geese, thus causing them to avoid the treated grass. When used as an aerosol, MA is poured into a thermal fogger which is taken upwind of the geese and started. The fog will drift onto the geese, and the vaporized MA irritates the birds’ mucous linings causing them to leave the area.

Jackie Buckley Replied July 19, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

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