When we talk to potential clients about the benefits of goose control, we try to explain what they can expect based on their property size, the number of geese, the time of year, and other factors. But even with so many variables, there are certain things every client can expect when they decide to do goose control with trained dogs in Minnesota. Are you considering hiring Driven Wild Goose Control to manage the goose population at your business campus or townhouse complex? Here are some of the most common results you can expect from our Minnesota goose deterrent services.
A decrease in droppings
Many of our clients cite droppings as one of the biggest downsides to having geese on their property. Droppings are unsightly and downright gross. They’re clear evidence that you have a goose problem even when the geese aren’t around. As our trained goose control dogs start to intimidate the geese, you’ll see less droppings than usual. You may also start to see them in unusual places; this is a good sign! It means the dogs have disrupted the gaggle’s habits. It’s the first step towards getting them to leave the area.
A reduction in the number of geese on the property
This may or may not be your primary goal, but ultimately it will help you achieve whatever other goals you’re trying to accomplish through Minnesota goose control. If you are sick of the numerous droppings on your sidewalks or ruined grass along your building, the easiest way to reduce these unpleasant side effects of geese is to reduce the number of geese who are around to cause this damage.
We can never guarantee that your property will be completely free of geese 24/7, although that is the case for many of our clients. Other clients see a drastic reduction in the population of geese on their property. One golf course we worked with had some highly sought after real estate for the geese. There were multiple ponds for the geese to swim in, and there was almost limitless grass for them to munch on throughout the day. By using hazing as the primary goose control method on the course, we saw a reduction from about 120 geese all the way down to the occasional half a dozen stragglers just by mid-season. Those six geese had almost no impact on the course. Golfers who had been to that course weekly for years noticed a drastic decrease in the amount of goose droppings on the paths. Several remarked to the course’s staff that it was the most enjoyable time they had golfing there in years! So while you may hope to have a completely goose-free property, just know that a drastic reduction in the goose population can achieve some great results.
No aggressive nesting geese
Maybe you don’t have a high volume of geese on your property, but the geese who are around during nesting season can still get aggressive when protecting their eggs. Even if there’s just one or two geese around it can be extremely unpleasant for employees, patrons, customers, etc. By starting goose control with trained Border Collies in the early spring, we can head off geese who want to nest on your property. Their eggs are often laid by mid-April, so an early start in the season is the key to keeping them away.
With our Minnesota goose deterrent services, we can actually permanently change the nesting behavior of the geese who frequent your property every year. Mating pairs generally return to the same spot each season to build their nests, but having a natural predator such as a dog introduced can persuade them to nest elsewhere. This is especially beneficial because once the eggs hatch each pair of geese will then have anywhere from 5 to 8 goslings in their care for several months. Goslings cannot fly and move quite slowly, so they won’t be going anywhere for a while once they’ve hatched on your property. The best way to avoid this issue? Prevent geese from nesting in the first place by introducing our trained Border Collie dogs to the area. Our harassment methods trick geese into thinking you property is an unsafe place to nest.
Goslings and their parents remaining in the area
If you’re only dealing with adult geese – which is the case for everyone from about mid-July through fall – you don’t have to worry about them sticking around. The dogs can easily remove geese that are able to fly. However, goslings are completely unable to fly for the first 10-12 weeks of their lives. This means we cannot harass the goslings with the dogs because they have no way to leave the area. We do our best to remove the adult geese from the property without disturbing the goslings. Once the goslings have their flight feathers, our dogs will quickly relocate them!