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Lakeside Property Owners Find Solution to Evict Geese

As most lakeside property owners and managers know, some of the most unwelcome residents are Canada geese, who once they settle in, don’t want to leave. Year round, they devour turf, soil property, and inconvenience or even terrorize tenants, residents and customers. People chose to locate near water for the scenery, but not if geese droppings dominate the view.

How did areas near water suddenly become the adopted home of so many, supposedly, migrating Canada geese? And how did these birds multiply from mere thousands a few decades ago to over four million, with a 15-fold increase in the number living in urban areas, nowadays? Instead of flying south each fall and north each summer, braving predators along the way, Canada geese have found paradise in lawns, yards, farms, parks, golf courses and business areas near bodies of water. These offer abundant food, hydration and nesting opportunities where predators are virtually nonexistent.

“It’s a serious problem because the geese don’t leave,” says Greg Vetrick of TruGreen, the largest lawn and landscape company in North America. “When you are dealing with Canada geese, there is lot of damage they can do, not to mention the droppings that are a nuisance and make some lake or riverside areas unusable.”

With each Canada goose eating up to three pounds of grass per day, a small flock can quickly render grassy spaces stripped bare, prone to erosion and covered with feces. The costs of repairing overgrazed lawns and cleanup of goose droppings can run into thousands of dollars. Of graver concern, the nitrogen content in the droppings can contribute to excessive algae growth in ponds and lakes, causing local health authorities to close them. Restoration of these bodies of water can cost a home owner’s association, for example, as much as $10,000 dollars.

So, how can the flock be effectively managed without harming the geese? There have been many attempts, from fake coyotes and real dogs to strobe lights, sirens and noisemakers. But all fail to be truly effective because they are either too costly, unable to present a continuous deterrent, or offer a threat without consequence, which Canada geese soon learn to ignore.

The Geese "Move Out"
Rather than resorting to drastic means to protect their waterside homes and businesses, a growing number of property owners are fighting back with an eco-friendly, EPA-approved goose repellent called FlightControl Plus. This spray-on solution is odorless, waterproof and does not harm humans, vegetation or wildlife. It utilizes a naturally occurring, environmentally safe compound called anthranquinone formulated by Arkion Life Sciences (www.flightcontrol.com). 

Unlike traditional scare tactics, this spray effectively protects waterside turf areas seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 

It works in two ways, the first by sending a visual warning. When sprayed on turf, the compound absorbs ultraviolet light, something the geese can see even though humans can't. This sends a visual signal to the geese that something is wrong with their food. Secondly, by giving the geese a stomachache. When the geese sample treated turf, they experience a harmless but effective digestive irritation, reinforcing the message that there's something wrong with the food. 

The combined effect teaches geese to recognize and avoid grassy areas treated with the compound. The Canada geese "move out" in search of a better food source.

“In our area, people are very sensitive to the wildlife,” claims Jim Stiles of Eden Pest Services in Seattle, Wash. “Homeowners don’t want these birds harmed even if they are a nuisance. We have to have non-lethal alternatives.”

Grassy areas are typically treated several times a year with FlightControl Plus to warn off Canada geese familiar with it and to teach new ones to stay away. It can also be used like a "biological fence" to herd geese away from lakeside areas.

“We have tried other products, but we did not get the results,” adds Stiles. “This gives us a complete success.” 

For more info, call 877-55-GEESE; visitwww.flightcontrol.com; or write to Arkion Life Sciences; 551 Mews Drive, Suite J, New Castle, DE  19720.

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