Geese are perhaps best known for flying in distinct "V" formations across North American skies, Canada geese have become a common pest species around the world. The water fowl eats grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, and various grains, which puts them in places where they frequently interact with humans. The spring is when geese typically breed and populations can grow quickly as each pairing can lay between two and 10 eggs each year. Canada geese typically live 12 years in the wild and are found in numerous habitats.


Canada geese can be discerned from other waterfowl by  their long black necks and the conspicuous white markings on their cheeks and chins. They are typically brown to gray in color on top while their undersides are white or cream in appearance and their feet and bills are black. Males are slightly larger, but both sexes can weigh up to 24 pounds and range in length from 2 to 3 feet. The bird's wingspan may reach up to 6 feet.


Originally native to North America, the goose is now found around the globe in places like Korea and Australia. Canada geese live in fields near sources of water, such as ponds, marshes, lakes, and rivers. The bird is hardy and can even withstand harsh climates, high elevations, and live as far north as the Arctic. Canada geese are also common in suburban areas, as well-manicured lawns are perfect grazing and nesting sites.


Are Canada geese known to enter homes or yards?
It is unusual for Canada geese enter homes, though they will nest and graze nearby. Geese particularly like nesting near humans when people feed them directly. In addition to near dwellings, farms are a favored place for nesting, since Canada geese enjoy grazing on farmland and in agricultural fields.


Do Canada geese harm people or property?
As the goose tends to gravitate toward the same areas as human beings, issues arise. Geese are grazers and cause damage to various crops, landscapes, gardens, and vegetation. Droppings contaminate the area around bodies of water, as well as cause harm to local animal populations. Bacteria in the feces pose significant health risks by contributing to the spread of disease. Geese that are fed by humans may lose their natural fear of people, which leads to them to becoming territorial and attacking adults, children, and even pets.

Control and Safety

Geese are federally protected and may only be trapped by properly-permitted individuals. Habitat modification is the best way, and often only, way to control Canada geese and keep areas safe. Ensuring people do not feed the birds helps reduce populations, as fed geese tend to become permanent residents. Canada geese stray from tall grasses that may hide predators, so creating barriers of natural vegetation and building fences around bodies of water can be effective. Certain dissuasion methods work, as well, including trained dogs, lasers, and motion sensors.

Trapping and Removal

As certified wildlife specialists, the Critter Control technicians of Toledo possess the experience and tools necessary to get rid of Canada geese problems. Our professionals practice humane removal techniques in order to properly catch and release these nuisance birds. Contact Us

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