Frequently Asked Questions
Flight Control® Max Goose Repellent
You might have some questions, and we’re here to help! Below are some questions that we often get. If you have your own question, please let us know by giving us a call or filling out the form below.
Flight Control® Max is offers the geese a threat with a consequence and causes a learned behavior modification. First, when the geese eat the treated grass and have digested it, they experience a powerful intestinal tract upset, “the consequence”. It would be a similar feeling as we would have after eating a bad meal – indigestion or heartburn sensation. We know what we ate to make us feel sick, and avoid eating the same meal again. The digestive irritation is only temporary for the geese. Second is the visual threat as they fly overhead they see their food source in the UV spectrum of light and the active ingredient in Flight Control® Max absorbs UV light. Therefore, their food source looks different. It sometimes takes up to 2 or 3 days to associate the visual threat with the gut reaction consequence.
No. It is not harmful to non-target species. It is not even harmful to the geese, but applied correctly, will move them off your critical areas. Geese droppings, if eaten by your pets, may cause them to be sick as they have bacteria in them.
I want to get rid of my geese but I have ducks and swans that I want to keep. What will happen to the ducks and swans?
Your ducks and swans are not affected by Flight Control® Max because they are not turf feeders. Flight Control® Max only works on birds that eat grass specifically, like Canada Geese.
My neighbor feeds geese and they feed on my lawn and make a mess. If I use this product, will they move off my lawn?
You can keep them from feeding on your lawn, but as long as your neighbor is feeding them, they may still walk across your lawn or even loaf there some while creating their little goose droppings as they wait or walk to get to where your neighbor is feeding them. Please encourage your neighbors to stop hand feeding the geese. It is harmful to the geese and can cause wing deformities that prevent them from flying.
- Flight Control® Plus application as a general rule – before the migratory geese come through (reason because if a migratory flock sees resident geese feeding, they will swoop down and feed too because they know they are safe).
- When the grass is dormant because when Flight Control® Max is on the blades of grass, it is insoluble in water which means if it rains, snows or you irrigate, it will not wash off. Therefore, you will have Flight Control® Max on the grass blades through the dormant season and does not need to be applied until the grass begins to grow again.
- Before they pair up and nest (usually late Feb. or early Mar.). Once they pair up and nest on a site, they are there until the goslings are hatched and able to be taught to fly – usually mid-July. During this period, the adults lose their flight feathers and will not abandon their nests. They have to feed during this period, so you can apply Flight Control® Max like a biological fence to move the geese to an area where they can feed and be tolerated until the young are able to fly. Once flying, you can apply to entire area where they feed to move them off entirely.
- Flight Control® Max will last through 2 to 3 mowing cycles, sometimes more depending on seasonality and rate of grass growth. However, Flight Control® Max is very compatible with Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) to slow the growth of grass and will remain on the turf until the PGR loses its strength (usually will slow growth rate for 3 mos).
You need a sprayer (i.e. backpack sprayer) with a nozzle that can deliver a fine mist spray because you want total surface coverage to the grass blades with a fine mist spray to where the “drop zone” – the area where the geese actively feed. 1.5 to 4 oz. of Flight Control® Max and then add water to make one gallon will do 1,000 sq. feet. You apply on a dry day and keep everyone off the area until the application is dry (once the water is evaporated, the active ingredient is adhered to the grass blade). You spray it like you would spray paint a piece of furniture – total surface coverage to where they feed. Spray in a pattern where you don’t walk over what you have already sprayed or you will walk the product off the turf. Don’t spray in high winds because of drift.
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The precautionary language on the label is standard language for applying any pesticide. When the label instructions are followed, Flight Control® Max poses no threat to you, children, pets and wildlife, or water sources. Flight Control® Max is an EPA approved product. The EPA performs extensive studies on many types of product and wouldn’t approve the use of a product that was dangerous to people, pets or the environment. The real worry is the bacteria and parasites found in goose feces.