Why Do Geese Nest on Rooftops?

Adult geese are easily able to fly onto roofs and set up nests. They choose these locations for protection, as the high altitude gives them an advantage over any approaching predators. Additionally, the close proximity to humans gives the pests consistent access to sources of food and water.

Damage & Problems

Having a goose on the roof can cause several issues. Geese will eat tar and other roofing materials, which compromises structural integrity. Furthermore, their droppings accumulate in large amounts. The acidity in geese excrement also eats away at roofs and clogs drains. In fact, the longevity of roofs can be cut in half by the presence of goose droppings.

The pests may also mistakenly fly into chimneys and find their way into homes. Additionally, geese can spread a number of parasites, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.


To discourage geese from nesting on the roof, individuals can employ habitat modification methods such as using frightening devices or bird spikes. However, these techniques are not foolproof. Since the pests are protected by federal laws and individuals must hold the necessary permits to remove them, property owners should rely on professional wildlife control when faced with a goose on the roof. The technicians at Trutech can humanely and effectively remove geese from rooftops.