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Geese are not the kind of pest birds that typically infest the inside of your home or business in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. These waterfowls often take up residence on the surrounding property, and while geese may look like beautiful, harmless creatures, these pest birds can create a major problem if residing around your home or place of business. To protect your home or business from geese, you need to learn about the behavior of these pest birds, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What Are Geese?
Geese are a type of waterfowl that live around ponds and other bodies of water and tend to flock in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Although there are many geese breeds, Canadian geese are the most likely to cause pest bird issues around your home or business in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Of the many geese breeds, Canadian geese are regarded as fairly aggressive and may even chase humans when they’re too close to the birds. Because these pests are herbivores, Canadian geese feed off of different types of grass, though they sometimes ingest insects as well. The bird control experts at Bird Doctor explain large, grassy areas with nearby water sources are this pest’s ideal breeding ground, and Canada geese breed once per year in the springtime and can produce between three and nine babies, or goslings, each time.
How Do I Identify Geese?
Bird Doctor professionals explain it’s fairly easy to identify geese if you’re having an issue with these pests on your property, as they typically hang around your home or business in packs. Similar in appearance to other waterfowls like ducks, geese are a bit larger and have long necks. These pests are usually light brown or beige in color with black necks and black on their heads and webbed feet. The signature sign that you have identified a Canada goose, in particular, is their white cheeks and chin straps.
How Do I Get Geese?
According to bird control experts, the most common factors that can attract geese to your home or business are bodies of water on or near your property, a source of food nearby, and a large area of flat land, explains Thomas R, from Bird Doctor. Canadian geese prefer to nest and raise a family in areas that are flat and open, especially when there’s a water source nearby, such as a pond or lake. Canadian geese are very common in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, so be aware that they may become pest birds if your property is the perfect residence for their flocking, nesting, or breeding. And if you do have an issue with geese, call the bird control professionals at Bird Doctor. Bird Doctor is trained to deal with these waterfowl pests and knows how to keep geese away from your property in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
What Are the Effects of Geese In and Around My Home or Business?
Because geese are known to be aggressive, these pests often bother humans by hissing at them, chasing them, or even pecking at them if one gets too close. Aside from causing a disturbance, Canada geese can also carry chiggers and pass them along to humans and cause destruction to your property by tearing up your grass for food and leaving a mess behind with droppings, explains the Bird Control experts at Bird Doctor. Research shows that this pest’s feces often carry many harmful diseases that humans can contract.
How Long Do Geese Live?
Canada geese, found in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, have a relatively long life span with the potential to live up to 25 years.
How Do I Prevent Geese?
Bird control professionals recommend if you don’t want to have geese problems, don’t feed the geese that you come into contact with near your business or home property in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Geese and swans don’t get along, so placing fake swans around the property at your residence or business can deter geese from getting too close. If you’re still having trouble with geese around your business building or house, contact the bird control experts at Bird Doctor, a division of Viking Pest for advice and treatment options on how to get rid of geese.