How To Get Rid of Beavers
Beavers are usually classified as a pest species due to their habits of building dams. The most common complaints include the following:
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance animal trapped and removed. Most beaver trapping methods are lethal, although there are some live traps available.
- Area flooded due to beaver dam
- Creek destroyed by beaver activity
- Trees destroyed by beaver activity
How To Get Rid Of Beavers In A Pond, Lake, or River
Of all the animals you can try to trap or remove you will find that beavers are some of the most challenging. They can get to places that are hard for a human to get to. They are also perfectly at home in water and although they are the biggest rodents, they can move through debris with ease. Unfortunately, they must be removed when they are close to homes because they can leave a trail of destruction if not taken care of in time.
If you live close to a river or pond, they can cause a flood by creating their famous beaver dams. They can also damage surrounding vegetation and in some cases they have been known to knock down trees. Now imagine having a home close to a fallen tree and you will know why getting rid of beavers is important. Unfortunately, getting to the beavers when they’re in the water is extremely challenging. Most repellents that you find aren’t your wisest choice. You will do best to trap the beaver and remove it to an unpopulated area that would be a good habitat for them.
How To Get Rid Of Beavers In A Beaver Dam
A beaver dam is the beaver’s bread and butter. It uses it for hunting and as a home. The beaver dams are also the main cause of damage to property by causing floods. Because of all the debris around the beaver dam, it will be difficult for a human to get there. The best solution is to place traps in the area surrounding the dam. You can use fresh fruit as an incentive inside the trap or jelly or peanut butter. Because there is no guarantee that a beaver will see the trap or smell its contents, you should try to place more than one trap in the area.
Make sure to also cover the trap with vegetation from the area because beavers are actually pretty smart animals. If they sense that there is a trap or they see a trap go off, they will stay away from the area altogether. Another reason to use more than one trap is that if you have one beaver, then chances are that you have a few more. Traps are the most effective way of catching beavers, but you have to make sure that you actually catch all of them because beavers can actually reproduce pretty fast.
How To Get Rid Of Beavers In Your Woods
If the beavers are not in a dam, but are instead in the woods, you should thank your lucky stars because your life just got a lot simpler. You will still set up the traps and you should set them close to a body of water. Use the same kind of bait and with a little luck you will have trapped the beavers in less than 24 hours. You should know that the reason you are placing the traps near the water is because beavers need to be close to the water so it is more likely that they will be trapped there.
You can find these traps at some home and gardening stores everywhere as well as some outdoor and hunting stores. Keep in mind that beavers are the biggest rodents in the US so you should get a trap big enough for them. Another thing you can do to get rid of beavers in the woods is to mix latex paint with fine sand and use the mixture on the base of trees. That will work to repel the beavers.
How To Get Rid Of Beavers In Your Yard
Beavers will not usually be found in people’s yards. They try to stay away from humans because they see us as predators. But in those rare cases where you do have beavers in your yard, there are easy ways to keep them out. You can use the same mixture of paint and sand on your trees to keep the beavers away. If you do not like the way the paint makes your trees look, then you can use wire fence around your trees.
Make sure that this fencing is at least four feet tall from the ground. Once you are certain that there are no beavers in your yard, you can keep them out with a fence of the same height. Because some beavers will also dig, it is recommended that you use an underground fence which should be made of metal and not plastic to prevent the beaver from simply digging through it. A lot of people will want to kill the beavers, but you should know that it’s not always legal to do so. And if you follow these instructions, you should be able to get rid of them humanely.
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