How to Clean Geese Poop Stains

If you live in the United States or Canada and near a body of water, chances are that you’ve had a visit from Canadian Geese at least once. These geese can be loud, ornery, and can make a mess at your pond, lake, or stream. Whether you own pet geese or you feel like you do for a couple months each year, you should know how to clean geese poop stains in order to keep your property sanitary. 

How to Clean Geese Poop Stains

How to Clean Up Goose Poop

Cleaning up goose poop is incredibly similar to cleaning up any other type of poultry poop, but you have to be more careful (which we will talk about a bit more later on) with it, especially if it is from wild geese. Instead of just rinsing the area like you would with ducks and chicken. You have to disinfect the area and make sure there are no traces of the poop as well.

What you will need:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Shovel and broom
  • Vinegar
  • Heavy duty hose
  • Baking soda
  1. Always wear gloves when cleaning up any type of fecal matter. Goose poop is more solid than other types of poultry poop, due to some dietary differences. Take a large shovel and an old broom (one that is only used for this purpose and no other) and sweep any poop that you can find into the shovel. Dispose of it.
  2. Take the heavy duty hose and spray the area with the most powerful spray, essentially “power spraying” the area.
  3. Allow the area to dry somewhat, and then liberally apply vinegar to the area. This will help with the disinfecting process. Allow it to sit and soak for anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight.
  4. Rinse the area again.
  5. Take the baking soda and sprinkle it over the affected area. This will get rid of anything that the vinegar did not get rid of, and it will help the area smell fresher. Allow this to sit overnight.
  6. Rinse the area once more. At this point, the area should be rid of any poop, stains, or potential infection issues. 

Why it’s Important to Clean Up Goose Poop

Goose poop presents a variety of public health hazards, so you have to be careful when you’re cleaning it up. That also means you can’t just leave it to sit there. There are several issues that come along if you don’t clean up the goose poop and instead, just let it sit there.

People can contract parasites and bacteria that live inside the geese’s fecal matter. People who come into contact with goose poop can become infected with several different gastrointestinal issues, depending on what bacteria they came into contact with. The symptoms of these parasites and bacteria include diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. In those who have compromised immune systems, these diseases can be fatal. Viruses and fungi have also been found in goose fecal matter, including the viruses that cause avian flu and encephalitic diseases.

Now, of course, how can you contract these if you never even see the poop or come into contact with it? Geese are usually found around water, and that water usually ends up in the water supply that you drink from. That means that most of these problems only exist because the organisms in the goose poop ended up in the water.

That means that it’s even more important for us to make sure that goose poop is cleaned up properly and safely. The instructions listed above can help you to do your part in cleaning up goose poop and keeping yourself and those around you safe.