Beaver Trapping, Getting rid of Beavers
Beaver trapping is a specialized service that requires the knowledge and know how of an experienced trapper. Most nuisance wildlife removal companies do not have the staff to knowledgably handle a beaver trapping job. Beaver are a very large rodent that lives both in and out of water. They typically spend most of their time on top of or under the waterline of local rivers, lakes and ponds. They do however build”huts” which is where they live. Most of the time these huts are located half in the water and half out. Then protected by a dome of limbs, twigs and mud. I will attach a diagram on how these beaver lodges are built.
Why is the beaver eating my trees?
Beavers will typically start to knock down trees in September; they are gearing up for the winter to come. Most of the time they will chew down the most easily accessed and tasty trees first, then they will move on to the bigger, less desirable trees. After they chew down the tree, they will then either chew up into smaller pieces or they will drag the whole tree into the water in order to add it to what’s called a “food bed” a food bed is a stash of food that a beaver will instinctively build under the waterline of its current waterhole. The beaver does this for one reason only, so the beaver will have access to food in just in case the water freezes. Beavers are a rodent that is originally from the extreme northern section of the United States and Canada. It is in this area that this oversized rodent devolved its instinctual habits that it still carries on today, even in areas that do not get cold enough weather for the water to freeze. I have seen these beavers behave this way as far south as Jacksonville, FL. This is just what they do!
However, you can find more information on why the beavers are eating my trees here.
How do I get rid of the beavers
Beavers are a very difficult animal to get rid of. Once they setup on or near a property there is basically only one way to get rid of them. There are no sprays or other deterrents that are known to work on these animals so, the only tried and true way to get rid of them is to trap them.
As stated earlier, trapping beavers is an art form, your typical beaver trapper will be a older wiser trapper. Patience is needed to trap all the beavers from a pond or waterway. The first couple of beavers are easy to trap, even a novice may have luck catching them, but the last one or two always seem to present a very real challenge. Often times the trapper will have to switch types of traps in order to catch the educated beaver. You can also find more information on tearing down a beaver dam
There are several different kinds of beaver traps, there are foot hold traps, Cage traps and what’s referred to as suitcase traps. Two of the three are lethal traps, and only one is considered a non kill trap. That is the cage trap. Both other types of traps are considered lethal traps. One killing by contact and the other is used in conjunction with a wire used to drown the animal.
Check with your local game laws before letting a beaver trapper set a trap, some states have laws that prohibit the use of certain types of traps. Other states are wide open and you can use any type of trap you like in order to control beavers. In many states beavers have now been placed on the nuisance wildlife list and now have an open season on them. The population on these animals is exploding and there is no natural predators to help control their numbers. we have several different beaver photos here, If you have a beaver issue and you would like to locate a beaver trapper, please feel free to use our beaver trapper expert page to help locate a beaver trapper in your area.