The North American beaver is a mammal that has captured our hearts for generations. Beavers occupy our folklore, children’s literature as well as serving as mascots for teams and towns. Beavers are large (adults can reach over 50 lbs) semi-aquatic rodents that live in most parts of North America. They make their homes, known as dams, out of mud, sticks and fallen forest fodder that keep them safe from predators as well as serve a vital role in the ecosystem.
The building of dams which makes beavers so unique is also what makes them so destructive and bothersome. Dams serve a crucial role in the local ecosystems by using the undergrowth in forests and by the creation of wetlands for other animals. However, dams can also cause an amazing amount of flooding around the area of the damn. Beavers are also expert chews with a voracious appetite for wood. If you have several families of beavers living near your property, they could fell all of your trees and damage your property in a short amount of time. If you have beaver problems, try this to get rid of them once and for all:
Because beavers live in the water, you absolutely cannot poison them or use any type of chemical repellent. Not only are there no approved products to do this, but if you use poison or a chemical repellent, you could end up poisoning the entire water system in that area, hurting people and other animals.
If you want to get rid of beavers, your only choice is to trap them. Trapping beavers is not an easy task and is not recommended for the inexperienced. However, if you chose to trap the beavers in your area:
1. Choose the correct trap. There are several options available such as the clamshell trap, the body gripping trap and the leg snare (lethal).
2. Next pick the place where you will set the trap. Beaver paths are easy to find, look for bent grass or chewed wood. Bait the trap with castor scent.
3. Once you have caught the beaver, relocate it or call the humane society to relocate them for you. Do not kill the beaver without checking with your state’s regulations first. Some states consider beavers a vulnerable species and some states have laws against trapping animals. If you get caught doing either one in a place that you are not supposed to, you will face criminal charges and a hefty fine.
4. Do not, under any circumstance, destroy the dam before you remove the beavers. You will be sorely disappointed to wake up and find that the dam has been rebuilt and more of your property destroyed to rebuild it.
Getting rid of beavers is not easy and will rarely work if you do not know what you are doing. If these methods do not work, call a professional. A professional will know exactly how to get rid of them, how to catch them efficiently as well as relocating them once they are caught.