Beavers, North America's largest rodent, are second only to humans in their ability to engineer and alter landscapes. The wetland ecosystems beavers create benefit surrounding areas by raising water tables, replenishing aquifers, and creating environments where many different species thrive. Beavers mate for life and raise their young, known as kits, in their underwater lodges

Beaver Removal

Several methods exist for controlling and removing beavers. In most states, it is illegal to destroy or disturb established beaver lodges and dams since the wetlands they create are vital to local ecosystems. In order to manage established beaver populations, drainage systems may be constructed with the assistance of conservation specialists to control the water level. Employing traps to remove problematic beavers is the most effective method. However, traps must be set by experts, such as Critter Control Beaver Specialists, at the underwater entrances of beaver lodges.

Control and Safety

Throughout most of North America, beavers hold a protected status as fur-bearing animals. Once brought to the precipice of extinction by rampant hunting and trapping, beavers may now only be trapped or killed during specified fur-trapping seasons. Troublesome beavers causing damage to property may be eradicated outside of trapping season with the authorization of local wildlife agencies.

Damage

Although beavers have sharp, powerful teeth, they do not attack humans or directly cause destruction to buildings. Tree damage caused by beavers can be readily identified by large, knife-like cuts and gashes at the base of a tree's trunk. The felling of trees and shrubbery not only affects the ornamental shade trees of residential homes but is estimated to cost the commercial timber industry millions of dollars in damages each year. Likewise, farmers can find their low-lying fields flooded due to beaver activity. In some cases, beavers contaminate water sources with zoonotic diseases or parasites such as giardiasis.

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