Use This Secret Ingredient To Keep Pesky Geese Out Of Your Yard

At first, you enjoyed seeing wildlife roaming around your yard from your kitchen window. But then it became a minefield of droppings. You even found yourself getting hissed at when trying to make it into the car in the morning. That's when you decided that these geese had to go. And there just so happens to be a secret ingredient in your kitchen that will get the job done: Garlic works wonderfully to drive geese from your property.

Geese can quickly become pests when they start to gather in your yard. They can eat away at your lawn turf, slowly destroying it and leaving unsightly bald spots over time. They also use their beaks to break up the ground to find bugs to eat. Once that dirt is exposed, it can easily be turned into a muddy mess as they trample over it all day.

Geese are notorious for leaving large amounts of waste behind. A single goose is capable of excreting up to 2 pounds a day. Their droppings contain salmonella, E.coli, and other diseases, and can attract even more unwanted visitors to your home like rats and insects. If that wasn't enough, geese are loud with all their honking, and can also be super aggressive, hissing, chasing, and even biting if they feel threatened. Garlic can be used in various ways to handle all of these problems.

How to use garlic in your yard to deter geese

Geese have a sensitive sense of smell and are repelled by things that give off a strong odor, which includes garlic. The first way to use garlic to repel geese in your yard is the most obvious. Just plant it in your garden where geese roam to prevent them from being attracted to the area. If you have a pond that's frequented by geese, chop up a few heads of garlic and toss them in to deter the animal from coming back. 

You can also try making a geese repellant spray with the addition of onion and chili peppers. Grab a pot and pour in 2 cups of water. Then boil four garlic cloves, three chili peppers, and one onion. Let your mixture cook for about half an hour. Use a colander to separate the water from the vegetables. Toss your veggies in a blender with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a ¼ cup of mineral oil. Strain this blend through a cheesecloth into a jar or bowl. Pour the contents of the jar or bowl into a spray bottle, then distribute the repellant around your property where geese gather. They will avoid these areas in the future.

Consider this before using garlic in your yard

Using garlic to get rid of geese on your property is an inexpensive, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical geese repellents. However, there are some precautions you should be aware of. If you have a large geese problem, you'll likely have to use a lot of garlic or have to keep replacing it, which could get pricey.

You might also be disrupting the natural ecosystem, as garlic can deter insects that are helpful in your yard, like beetles, which eat up earwigs, mites, and aphids. Conversely, it can attract bugs that love to eat garlic, like parasitic wasps.

Garlic can also be poisonous to certain animals. It has a high potency that can be toxic to cats, cattle, dogs, horses, reptiles, sheep, birds, and goats. If these types of animals roam your property, you might want to skip using it altogether. If not, you can give it a try and keep a close watch on your yard to determine its effects.