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Beaver Control Tips and Methods

Beavers can be the most damaging type of wildlife problem you can run into. If you have a river, creek or pond near your home they can account for thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by flooding your property. This is the number one complaint and by far costs the most in property damages. Beavers also need wood in order to build their dams and that wood could come from a tree close to your house. Whether it’s as extreme as a tree being felled too close to a building or thousands of gallons of water heading in the wrong direction, these animals do much better when not in such close quarters with people.

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It is hard to imagine that a rodent can do that much damage and although it is not their intention, beavers have been responsible for many expensive property repairs. If you see a dam in a river or a pond it may be time to start thinking about calling a wildlife removal service before that damage can be inflicted on your home. There are ways to trap beavers yourself, but in order to be safe, an expert is the best option.

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Dam Destruction
While dam destruction might be inferred toward the property damage a beaver can do; in this case it refers to a person destroying the dam the beaver is constructing. The theory is that this will force the beaver to move on and create a home elsewhere. Often this doesn’t work because there are several reasons these animals start building a home in a particular spot. Most of them are so strongly tied to the environment (in the form of fish, plant, and bird relationships with the dam and the beaver) that they simply rebuild.

This means it is important that a person takes into consideration thinking the animal will leave upon destruction of their dam or home. In addition poisons, repellents and different tactics performed in an effort to frighten the animal away simply doesn’t work. The best method is actually trapping with a live trap and relocating or working with the office governing bounties on these animals for their fur and population control.

Trapping The Beaver Yourself
If you are going to try to trap the beaver yourself, there is one thing that you will need a lot of and that is luck. Beavers are not the easiest wildlife to catch, in fact their ability to avoid repellents and the fact that they can go into places that may not be easy to reach for a person makes them quite difficult to catch. In fact, if a person makes a failed attempt at catching the beaver it may even make it more difficult when the professionals come in to assist. They are smart creatures and can become alert to traps so you may only have one chance before the beaver starts recognizing them- even with the best bait. The last thing to consider before attempting capturing the beaver yourself is the laws that apply to your state. You could get heavy fines if your state requires a license.

Get A Wildlife Expert
A wildlife expert is the best choice you could make and considering the damage that a beaver colony can make o your property it would be the wisest. Plus, after the beavers are caught alive you can rest assured that they would be released in a more appropriate place where they can’t do damage but rather work in the ecosystem. You should call wildlife professional as soon as you notice that you have beavers on your property. If they go ignored their dam can move water in new directions and cause damaging floods. If there are any trees around there could be damage done to these as well. A professional will make catching the beavers easy but it comes with years of experience.

AAAnimalControl.com is written by me, David. I am a professional nuisance wildlife control operator. It is my goal to provide education about safe, responsible & effective solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. I provide a lot of "how-to" info, but in many cases, wildlife removal is complex, dangerous, and subject to local laws. Sometimes I recommend hiring a professional. I have spent over 10 years now training and investigating companies all over the United States, serving over 650 USA cities and towns. I believe my hand-picked list is far better than what you'll find on a standard web search by yourself. For my recommendation of a local critter trapper in your area, click here for my nationwide list of 100's of professional wildlife control experts.