These are exploding devices that are shot from a 12 gauge shot gun. They cause a loud bang when they are fired and when they explode some thirty yards away. They can be very effective when used as soon as the flock begins to use the pond or property. But if they become established its effectiveness is lessened or may be only temporary. The problem with these devices is the legal restrictions on their use on account that they are considered firearms. Before you buy them be sure to check with your police department to see if they will permit its use.
Also known as shaking the eggs. This method requires the eggs be shaken but not broken. Shaking the eggs kills the embryo. If you break the eggs, the mother goose may just lay more. Obviously, this technique doesn't help you resolve your present problem but it will help reduce geese populations next year. You must have a permit to disturb Canada Geese nests in any way.
*Egg Coating: As in addling, this method helps control geese damage by reducing future population growth. Essentially, by coating the eggs with mineral oil, you prevent starve the embryonic goose of air. Obviously this results in death.
Sold under trade name "Rejex-it". Don't know much about this product yet. However, it appears that one sprays this organic chemical on the grass and it keeps the geese from eating on the grass. It seems that the solution is irritating to the Geese's mouth. As with other methods, this one does require permits.
One of my visitors was kind enough to pass along his information on getting permission to use this product. Here is what he said.
Hello, again. I have followed up on the question of required permits for use of Methyl Anthranilate for Canada Goose control (Rejex-It) and thought I would let you know of my findings, which you can pass on to anyone else with a similar question. First, the best person to talk to about Federal issues in Canada Goose control would be Laura Henze, who is the federal wildlife biologist assigned to Massachusetts in Amherst. Her phone number is 413-253-2403. She indicated that there would not be a federal permit required for use of Methyl Anthranilate, as there would be for egg addling or other such measures. However, she did indicate it was possible there might be State requirements. I followed this up with the Massachusetts Agriculture Department, and they informed me that while there is no specific permit required for the use of the substance, it can only be applied by a State licensed pesticide applicator. I hope this is useful information for you. Thanks again for your help.
According to my sources, introducing mute swans (Cygnus olor) produces mixed results (like most repellent techniques). Sometimes they fight canada geese other times they cohabitate. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Atlantic Flyway Council, do not introduce mute swans as they have negative impacts on aquatic environments, for example they reduce the aquatic carrying capacity for other waterfowl. Tim Julien president of the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator's Association, states that he has never seen mute swans effectively resolve a Canada goose problem. Remember, if you get rid of Canada Geese using mute swans, you may simply replace one problem with another.
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