Canada Geese Control and Removal in Virginia
Getting Rid of Canadian Geese
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Canada Geese Removal & Goose Control in VA. Did you know that Canadian geese are quickly becoming one of the most common nuisance wildlife problems in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Charlottesville and other areas of Virginia? The majority of Canadian goose damage complaints throughout Virginia involve large and unsightly accumulations of goose feces on lawns and walkways at homes, schools, athletic fields, airports, golf courses, lake front residential and commercial properties, hospitals, industrial sites, corporate campuses, and public parks. Goose feces damage property, compromise overall quality of life, and have the potential to pose serious health threats due to the presence of disease-causing organisms such as histoplasmosis. The average Canada goose generates 2-3 pounds of goose feces each day. Other damage associated with geese includes overgrazing of lawns and recreational fields, and goose aggression and human injury during their nesting season. Canada geese have been known to attack people and pets particularly when they are protecting their nest or baby geese (gosling).
Agricultural damage caused by Canada geese throughout Richmond and other areas of Virginia includes crop depredation of corn, soybeans, winter wheat, rye, clover, sod, vegetables, and other crops. This damage reduces yield and may increase erosion.
Virginia’s natural resources such as native wetland habitats (wild rice) and wetland restoration sites (moist-soil impoundments) may also be damaged by Canada goose grazing activities that remove and trample vegetation. Waterfowl such as Canada geese may pose serious flight safety hazards at airports. Due to their large body size, flocking behavior, and relative abundance in urban/suburban areas, Canada geese in Richmond and throughout Virginia have the potential to be involved in damaging bird-aircraft strikes that have resulted in loss of human lives, injuries, and substantial financial losses.
Common Canada Geese Problems in Virginia
- Canada geese damaging golf courses
- Geese attacking people
- Geese attacking pets
- Canada geese nesting in the yard
- Geese pooping in yard
- Geese damaging lawn
- Canada geese damaging fields
- Canada geese taking over ponds and lakes
- Canada geese damaging ponds and lakes
- Canada geese diseases
- Slip and fall hazards caused by Canada geese
- Run off from Canada geese poop raising nitrogen levels in ponds and lakes
How to Get Rid of Geese
Many people with Canada geese problems contact us wanting to know how to get rid of Canada geese. The fact is, the longer they are allowed to remain on your property the harder they are to get rid of. These birds are federally protected birds under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Successfully addressing this bird problem often requires hiring a company with the knowledge, skills, abilities, training and equipment necessary to safety and humanely remove these birds. Using specially trained dogs to chase Canada geese can be very expensive and is often only a temporary fix. The use of effigies does not work – they aren’t dumb. They quickly recognize effigies as fakes. If you are serious about solving the problems caused by Canada geese residing on your property give us a call. Our geese experts in Virginia are equipped to help you solve your Canada goose problems by providing solutions unique for your particular situation.
Questions we receive involving Canadian geese include:
- How to get rid of geese Richmond VA
- How to get rid of geese Henrico VA
- How to get rid of geese Glen Allen VA
- How to get rid of geese Chesterfield VA
- How to get rid of geese Midlothian VA
- How to get rid of geese Brandermill VA
- How to get rid of geese Woodlake VA
- How to get rid of geese Charlottesville VA
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- How to get rid of geese in VA
Canada Geese Identification in Virginia
Canada geese in Virginia are one of the most readily recognized and observable birds. Their large size (2’-3’ tall, 10-12 lbs.), black head, and white cheek patch distinguish it from other waterfowl. Males and females are similar in appearance, with a black neck, dark brown back, tan front, and white undersides. They can live approximately 20-25 years in the wild.
Virginia’s Canada Geese Populations – Resident or Migratory?
There are two behaviorally-distinct types of Canada goose populations in Richmond and other areas of Virginia – resident and migratory. Although they may appear similar, they exhibit many different behaviors that affect the management of these nuisance birds. Typically resident Canada geese are those that nest south of the Canadian border. On the other hand, migratory Canada geese nest north of the Canadian border, migrating south beginning in October and return back to Canada by March to begin nesting.
Canada Geese Control and Damage Management in Virginia
Management of problems associated with Canada geese in Richmond and other areas of Virginia requires the development of an integrated damage management program that includes a variety of safe, practical, effective and legal techniques and approaches. Successful Canada geese control, removal, capture and management in Virginia often requires:
- Stopping food handouts from people – Don’t feed the geese
- Removing domestic ducks and geese that serve as an attractant to Canada geese
- Implementing habitat modification procedures
- Harassment techniques
- Geese deterrents
- Geese repellents applied by licensed goose repellent applicators
- Population management of existing Canada geese flocks
- Integrated management approach
Legal Status of Canada Geese in Virginia
Canada geese are migratory game birds that are afforded Federal and State protection. Canada goose populations are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries pursuant to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 USCS 703-712), Federal Regulations (50 CFR 10, 13, 20 & 21), VA Statutes, the VA Game Code, and other Federal and State laws, regulations, policies, and court rulings. Procedures such as handling nests and eggs, capturing and relocating birds, egg oiling, egg addling, capturing and euthanizing birds, shooting birds to reduce damage, applying a goose repellent, and any other activity that includes handling birds, their parts, and/or their nests and eggs requires compliance with ALL of these laws. A permit is generally required to conduct any of these activities. We help our Canada Geese control customers in Virginia navigate this often complex and cumbersome permit and application process.
Give us a call at (804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383 if you are concerned about the size of the present population of resident Canada Geese on your Richmond Virginia property or the Virginia property you are managing. Our specially trained Richmond VA wildlife removal experts have the knowledge and skills necessary to humanely get rid of geese throughout Virginia. Our geese removal processes are always conducted in accordance with applicable Federal, State and Municipal laws in Virginia. We are experts at goose control. Call us to learn how to get rid of geese.
We provide residential, commercial, and industrial animal removal, animal control, animal trapping, animal capture, pest control and wildlife management services throughout Virginia. Some of our service areas in Virginia include: Accomack County, Albemarle County, Alexandria County, Alleghany County, Amelia County, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Arlington County, Ashland, Augusta County, Barboursville, Bath County, Bedford County, Bland County, Bon Air, Botetourt County, Boyd Tavern, Brandermill, Brunswick County, Buchanan County, Buckingham County, Campbell County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Central VA, Charlotte County, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Chester, Chesterfield County, Clarke County, Colonial Heights, Craig County, Culpeper County, Cumberland County , Dickenson County , Dinwiddie County, Earlysville, Elkton, Essex County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Ferncliff, Floyd County, Fluvanna County, Franklin County, Frederick County, Fredericksburg, Giles County, Glen Allen, Gloucester County, Goochland County, Gordonsville, Grayson County, Greene County, Greenville County, Gum Spring, Hadensville, Halifax County, Hampton, Hampton Roads, Hanover County, Harrisonburg, Henrico County, Henry County, Highland County, Isle of Wight County, James City County, Keswick, King & Queen County, King George County, King William County, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Lancaster County, Lee County, Loudoun County, Louisa County, Lunenburg County, Luray, Lynchburg, Madison County, Maidens, Manakin, Manakin-Sabot, Manassas County, Mathews County, Mechanicsville, Mecklenburg County, Middlesex County, Midlothian, Mineral, Montgomery County, Nelson County, New Kent County, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton County, Northern VA, Northumberland County, Nottoway County, Oilville, Orange County, Page County, Palmyra, Patrick County, Petersburg, Pittsylvania County, Powhatan County, Prince Edward County, Prince George County, Prince William County, Pulaski County, Rappahannock County, Richmond, Richmond County, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Rockville, Russell County, Salem, Sandy Hook, Scott County, Shannon Hill, Shenandoah County, Short Pump, Smyth County, Southampton County, Southwest VA, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Staunton, Suffolk, Surry County, Sussex County, Tazewell County, Tidewater VA, Troy, Virginia Beach, Warren County, Washington County, Waynesboro, Westmoreland County, Williamsburg, Wise County, Woodlake, Wythe County, York County, Yorktown, VA and the surrounding areas of Virginia.
Contact Us at (804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383 for Virginia animal trapping, animal control, wildlife removal, pest control, animal capture, animal exclusion or wildlife management in VA involving:
- Bats (Little Brown Bat, Big Brown Bat, Others)
- Canada Geese
- Copperhead Snakes
- Cottonmouth Snakes
- Dead Animal Removal
- European Starlings
- Flying Squirrels
- Foxes (Red and Gray)
- Southern Flying Squirrels
- Stinging Insects
It seems as if Canada Geese are taking over the Commonwealth of Virginia. They’re everywhere; on every pond, lake, river, field and lawn. Killing and damaging lawns, golf courses, sports fields, parks, schools and playgrounds. Each goose generates 3-5 pounds of goose poop each day creating slip and fall hazards, diseases from their dropping and algae bloom (green slime) in lakes and ponds as nitrogen level rise from runoff into these waterways. Canada geese can also be very aggressive and attack unsuspected people who may wander to close to their nesting sites.
Don’t let Geese take over your Virginia property. We provide all types of goose services throughout Virginia to help with your goose problem. Our goose removal and control services in Virginia include:
- Hazing and harassment of geese
- Goose fencing and barriers
- Goose consulting for safe and humane removal or ways to coexist with the geese
- Egg Addling of goose eggs
- Goose roundups
- Navigating the often complicated process of filing the proper Federal Permits for goose remediation
- Treatments of lawns, grasses, fields, parks, sports complexes, playgrounds, golf course, schools, yards and other goose loafing sites with our proven Goose Repellant
- Installation of grid lines as a goose prevention protocol for ponds
Call us today to speak to one of our Canada goose removal, management and control experts in Virginia. Don’t let geese damage and take over your property, call (804) 729-0046 or toll-free at (888) 824-7383.