If you are reading this page, chances are you are currently very angry with a beaver. Maybe they are flooding your property, or felling your trees, but whatever it is, they have really ticked you off. We understand. We know that they can cause some trouble for private landowners. Before you decide to hate them completely though, let us tell you a few redeeming facts about the beaver. Beavers have earned the nickname “Nature’s Engineers” for their amazing ability to build a dam that is completely water tight in under 24 hours. If only we could hire these guys to work for the highway department! They dam an area, flood it, and in turn end up providing necessary habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, drinking water for mammals, soil for aquatic plant life, expanded areas for fish to feed, and incredible rebirth in lands that can really use it. Right now, in Chernobyl, after the nuclear plant accident, the beaver’s return to the area is having an amazing effect. Their dam efforts have allows the woods surrounding the nuclear plant to begin new again, and recover rapidly from their radioactive state. These dams now support all kind of wildlife like bison, moose, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, mink, and many others. The time that researchers expected to have to pass before this land was inhabitable again has been cut in half because of the beaver’s hard work. Now, we know, this doesn’t change that the beaver on your land is making a big mess, but hopefully it will help you make the humane choice in resolving your conflict.
Beavers Building Dams and Flooding Areas
Beavers are attracted to the sound of running water, and they attempt to dam the smallest possible crossway where there is running water. This explains why they love your neighborhood culvert, or drain pipe. Usually culverts are metal pipes that echo the sound of running water, making them even more attractive to our beaver friends. Add to this the fact that a culvert’s width is minimal in comparison to the neck of a river and it makes for the perfect dam site – for the beavers, probably not for you or your neighborhood. The first step to handling a beaver conflict is knowing to not attempt to tear down the damming materials yourself. Dam sites are thick with brush and often contain water moccasins, and possibly other venomous snakes. Also, you’ll never win the battle with these construction geniuses. You can spend 12 hours removing a dam, and a beaver can rebuild it in 2 hours the next day. The only successful, humane solution to a beaver problem is a dam deterrent. There are many different plans and resources available online to assist you in building a dam deterrent.
We personally like ‘Beaver Solutions”
*Due to the immeasurable service that beavers provide for our ecosystem, and the difficulty that many experience in removing beavers, the Bi-State Wildlife Hotline is happy to offer our services to residents who are experiencing a beaver related conflict. If you are having trouble with local beavers, please give us a call at the hotline to discuss how we might be able to work together to do what is best for you and the animals.*
Why Pest Control Companies Don’t Work:
- Beaver trapping does NOT work! Where there is beaver habitat, there WILL be beavers.
- Relocating beavers is extremely difficult and most pest control companies will not do so.
- Pest Control companies DROWN beavers after them being trapped. Beavers are physically incapable of drowning and actually slowly asphyxiate.
- It can take up to THIRTY FIVE MINUTES for a beaver to “drown” before they asphyxiate and die. This is NOT a humane death.