Beaver Control

Controlling Beavers: Trapping, Removal, and Prevention

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Beaver Control

If you have beavers affecting your home, business, or exterior property you have come to the right place for professional help. We are professional beaver trappers or wildlife control technicians. Our main line of work is to remove beavers from locations where they may cause damage. Some examples are: beavers that build dams that threaten to wash out roads and bridges, or that contaminate the water supply. We use the most current methods of beaver trapping, poison, cleanup, and block out techniques. If you have a beaver problem, contact us or give us a call to schedule professional coaching or our beaver removal services.

Beavers

Beavers are rodents, and they are the largest species of rodent found in North America. Beavers are usually between 22 and 35 inches long, with a tail of about 10 to 20 inches long. The semi-aquatic rodents usually weigh 35 to 50 pounds, but some adult beavers have been recorded that weigh over 100 pounds.

Like all rodents, beavers’ teeth grow constantly; therefore, they have a great need to gnaw in order to keep their teeth ground to a short enough length.

Beavers can very easily live in water because of their paddle-shaped tails, waterproof fur and webbed hind feet. The beaver uses its tail as a rudder when swimming and as a prop when sitting up. They will also slap the surface of water with their tails to warn other beavers of danger. Beaver colors can range from yellowish brown to black with reddish brown being the most common color combo. 

Beavers cover mud mounds near their dams with a substance they secrete from their castor glands. This marks territorial boundaries for other beavers. Beaver droppings closely resemble sawdust shavings.

Frequently Asked Beaver Questions

Where do beavers live?

When is a beaver most active?
How many beavers are in a colony?

What foods will a beaver eat?
Why should I learn how to get rid of a beaver in my pool, river, or pond? I heard beaver can carry diseases. Is that true?
I heard parasites will live on a beaver. Is that true?
I want to trap or kill a beaver myself. Is that ok?
How can United Wildlife's Beaver Pest Control help me get rid of my beaver problem? What are United Wildlife's payment options for beaver removal or to get rid of beaver?

What should I do after United Wildlife beaver control exterminates or relocates the beaver?
 

 

Q-1. WHERE DO BEAVERS LIVE?
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A. Beavers are located throughout most of the United States, except Florida and some southwestern desert areas. They will thrive wherever year-round aquatic habitats are found, such as ponds, streams, lakes, swamps, ditches, canals and drains, no matter how close these waterways are to humans. Beavers often live very close to humans in manmade waterways, such as city culverts, swimming pools and backyard ponds. Beavers have the ability to work in both fast- and slow-moving water.

Beavers build dams in waterways simply because that makes the environment more suitable to their liking and creates a beaver lodge in the beaver-made pond in which to live. They will also build dens on banks where they will sleep, have babies and store food. Beaver dams may be 36 inches high or ten feet high, depending on the waterway they are built in. Beavers will creatively use just about any material to build their dams: wood, wire, rocks and metal. Beavers especially love to cut down surrounding timber with their huge front teeth to make their homes. Beavers will also girdle trees for wood, which means they chew a circle around the bottom of a tree, like a ring on a finger.

As beavers cut down and kill surrounding trees, more aquatic vegetation such as willows and sweetgum will sprout up in their place. These are the kinds of plants beavers like to eat. Therefore, their chopping and cutting activities provide them with food. Beaver dams, where they are appropriate, are beneficial to nature. Willows and other natural plants lead to mud formation and natural composting. Beavers are an important part of the environment—but only in territory that doesn’t encroach on human living spaces.
 
Q-2. WHEN IS A BEAVER MOST ACTIVE?
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A. The term “busy as a beaver” is very fitting: beavers are active for about 12 hours of the night, except on the coldest of winter evenings. It is not uncommon to see beavers working during the day, either.

After about four months of pregnancy, a mother beaver will give birth to three or four kittens between March and June. She will nurse them for three months at the longest, and the beaver babies will be fully mature and able to reproduce after about 1.5 years. Some beavers have lived up to 21 years, but 10 years is the norm for beaver lifespans.

Q-3. HOW MANY BEAVERS ARE IN A COLONY?
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A. Beavers are very territorial rodents. Four to eight related beavers will generally live together. Young beavers are usually pushed out at about the age of two, and then they will set off on their own to start a new colony and make a pond of their own. Some beavers do become solitary hermits, though, living completely on their own for a lifetime.

Q-4. WHAT FOODS WILL A BEAVER EAT?
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A. The majority of the beaver diet is made up of vegetation, and any animal matter they do eat is thought to be an unintended side effect of the manner in which they find their food.

Beavers prefer to eat certain wooded species such as aspenwood, cottonwood, willow, sweetgum, blackgum, black cherry, tulip poplar and pine. Beavers eat the leaves, twigs and bark of these species and many others that grow around and in the water. Beavers will travel from a pond or stream to corn fields, soybean fields or other crops to steal food. Whatever of these plants they don’t eat, they will use for their dam.  

Q-5. WHY SHOULD I LEARN HOW TO GET RID OF A BEAVER IN MY POOL, RIVER OR POND?
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A. If you see a large pile of wood and other debris in a body of water near your home or business, and perhaps several mounds of mud surrounding it, you most likely have a beaver colony on your property setting up a lodge.

All in all, beavers near your pool, river or pond can do a lot of expensive damage to your landscape. Beavers can chop down entire trees with their dam-building efforts, which will affect your landscape and possibly damage your home, garage or other structure if the tree falls on it. They also destroy foliage in your yard as they forage for food. Even if a beaver doesn’t chop down a tree, it can girdle all the trees in your yard, which will expose them to disease and death.

Probably the worst beaver damage is the possibility of flooding as beavers change landscapes and divert waterways through dam-building. Water can destroy the foundations of structures and cause flooding in homes, garages and cabins. Forests and farm lands near your home or business can also be flooded by beavers. Road ditches, drain pipes and culverts can be plugged by dam materials so badly that they have to be cleared out with dynamite. Roads can be washed out by beaver-dam activity. Some states in the southeast U.S. have estimated beaver flood damage to be near $5 million annually. A beaver dam on your property can become a huge liability if it should cause flooding on a neighbor’s property. You could be held responsible for any flood damage your neighbor’s home incurs.

If beavers should die near your home or business, the dead beaver odor may emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea. Beavers could also fall down into window wells and mechanical boxes in their search for food and den materials and die. Beaver activity contaminates swimming pools and manmade backyard ponds with parasites and disease and also just makes a mess. Beavers love to chew on and destroy automobile tires, causing flats and costly repairs.

All these beaver pest problems will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a yard that has a beaver infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix the beaver problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to beaver problems.

If beavers are in your yard, river or pond, a plethora of other harmful animals will also be attracted to your property. Coyotes, bobcats, otters, mink, bears, mountain lions, wolves and wolverines all prey on beavers and will enter your yard and cause their own pest problems and dangers while in search of beavers.

Q-6. I HEARD A BEAVER CAN CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Beavers threaten human health by going to the bathroom in drinking water and contaminating it with giardia, or beaver fever. Giardia is an intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, stomach cramps, fatigue, nausea and weight loss. Often giardia will come in cycles, attacking humans for a few days, going away, and returning again a few weeks later. The Centers for Disease Control have recorded at least 41 outbreaks of giardia, affecting more than 15,000 people.

Though it is less common than in some other animals, beavers can be carriers of rabies. A virus, rabies progressively paralyzes and can kill any mammal, including humans. Rabies is generally contracted through contact with an infected beaver through biting. Though humans should avoid contact with any beaver, if a beaver seems especially fearless around humans, it could be infected. Call United Wildlife Beaver Control immediately for professional beaver removal at 1-888-488-1415.

Q-7. I HEARD PARASITES WILL LIVE ON A BEAVER. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Beavers are heavily infested with parasites which can spread into your drinking or swimming water searching for hosts.

Nematodes are parasites that live on beavers and have been known to spread to humans. Nematodes in humans can cause a variety of problems, from lack of energy to blindness.

Trematodes can also be passed to humans from beavers and can live in human intestines, liver and lungs, wreaking all sorts of havoc in these different organs. 

Coccidians are another beaver-human parasite that can cause fever, headache, muscle pain and swollen lymph glands.

Q-8. I WANT TO TRAP OR KILL A BEAVER MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. We understand the desire to take care of a beaver problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease. You must have special licensing to use beaver poisons or repellents, and even then, beavers have been found to not respond to repellents.

Because of the unique behaviors of beavers, it is very difficult for an amateur beaver trapper to know how to get rid of beavers. Shooting is not a good option to get rid of beavers. If you don’t know what you’re doing when you trap a beaver, it is likely the animal will become trap-shy and never come near your bait again. A license is also required to trap beavers, and doing so without one could result in large fines. The beaver removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing beavers, and then offer beaver prevention ideas and techniques. 

Q-9. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S BEAVER PEST CONTROL HELP ME GET RID OF MY BEAVER PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of beavers from pools, rivers, ponds and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping techniques. United Wildlife’s special beaver trapping techniques are 100 percent effective. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the beaver will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the beaver will be treated in a humane manner.

It’s important to trap or kill beavers immediately. Beavers can be controlled and United Wildlife’s beaver exterminators have huge success in trapping beaver colonies. United Wildlife’s beaver trappers use a variety of live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of beaver infestation.

If a beaver has already died in your swimming pool or river, our professional beaver trappers offer dead beaver removal services and can also help clear odors caused by dead beavers.

We’re professional beaver trappers who will travel to any location to get the beavers out.  We also do professional phone and Internet coaching with the use of digital pictures for those who live in remote areas and who want to perform pest control for beavers themselves. We can also ship traps and equipment to help you trap beavers the right way. Whichever way you choose, we will work with you to solve your beaver invasion. There is not a beaver problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional beaver trapping service at 1-888-488-1415.

Q-10. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR BEAVER REMOVAL OR TO GET RID OF A BEAVER?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s beaver extermination specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per beaver, number of service calls and time spent on project. Prices will vary depending on the severity of the beaver problem. Depending on the amount of beavers and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the beaver problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of beaver control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of beavers.

United Wildlife beaver experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.

Q-11. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE BEAVER CONTROL EXTERMINATES OR RELOCATES A BEAVER?
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A. Don’t entice other beavers to return. We will help you make sure your yard, swimming pool, rivers or ponds are in proper order to deter any future beavers from entering. United Wildlife’s beaver trappers know how to keep the beavers out by using special beaver fencing. We also use pipe and venting systems to drain beaver ponds, so it defeats their purpose and beavers eventually leave the area.

United Wildlife’s beaver blockers can install special products which block beavers from making a den in your yard, pond or river.

Do remember that beavers are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the beaver extermination field, a particular beaver situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent beavers in your yard or river in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional beaver removal and all beaver solutions are custom made and custom priced.

Our mission at United Wildlife is to help identify your beaver pest damage. We will remove the existing beaver pest and develop a custom wildlife solution to stop or control the beaver problem from occurring again.

In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional beaver trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.

 

 


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