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The Yard Enforcer, Part 2

Updated: Jan 31

After day 2 of using the Yard Enforcer, I had yet to see a goose come ashore. Like I mentioned in the last post, it seemed that the geese recognized the contraption standing guard over my lawn. It was looking like the Yard Enforcer would be taking care of this problem from now on and I could rest easy knowing I wouldn’t be scooping buckets of goose goo in the future.

Unfortunately, I also discovered that the Yard Enforcer couldn’t take the heat.

The directions say not to use it in temperatures over 90 degrees. Our summertime temperatures have been running in the 80s, but being the manufacturer made the Yard Enforcer black in color makes 80-degree temperatures an issue, too.

I had originally installed the unit in the middle of the yard for full goose coverage. By noon the next day, the heat from the sun caused the Yard Enforcer to malfunction and completely quit working. I quickly moved it under a shade tree to the north side of the property where it could cool off, and it was working again after about 30 minutes.

The north side of the property was the obvious choice for its location since this is where the geese usually come into the yard, but this left the south side of the property completely open to attack. The question was, were these birds smart enough to figure that out?

Whoever coined the expression ‘bird-brain’ wasn’t talking about Geese. These birds have brains! It was only a matter of time before I spotted the sneaky squirters’ waltzing in from the south.


Geese attacking my lawn!

Back to square one, I needed to recap what worked and what didn’t.

Things that didn’t work:

The owl and eagle statues, the ultrasonic bird repeller, scare tape, holographic owls, pinwheels, scare cats, and the latest item the neighbors put out to scare the geese – crow decoys.

Here are some items that others have tried with no luck:

One guy put up an electric fence that the geese soon learned to jump over. A slingshot did nothing but make a goose go, “HONK!” And lastly, setting the dogs loose on them only works if the dogs are not interested in eating the poop.

Things on the internet I haven’t tried that might work:

The bird of prey you hang in the tree, Scare balloons, coyote decoys, spray on the lawn goose deterrent, flashing lights, various noise deterrents, and the “Goose Cop” that is, in my opinion, way too expensive.

Things that work:

So far, having someone guard the lawn works! And even though the Yard Enforcer can’t take the heat, I still have faith that it works, too.

To solve the lack of coverage issue, the Yard Enforcer allows you to attach another unit to the existing system. If I wish to invest another $70, I could stretch another hose over to the south side of the property to have complete coverage.



Since I haven’t actually seen the Yard Enforcer blasting away any geese, I have to decide whether or not I should I spend more on this deterrent or try something else first.

Things that other people have suggested I try:

Stringing fishing line about a foot off the ground across the point of entry. Evidently, the geese walk into it, turn right around, and go away.

Having a goose hunting party visit when the season opens up in the fall.

And since having the goose patrol over clearly deterred the geese from visiting, the two retiree’s suggested putting a dummy (like a scarecrow) out in the lawn chair.

I think I’m going to try that idea next.

What would you do?


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