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Get rid of beavers

How to get rid of beavers? (Humanely)

Destructive beavers are hazards to your ponds and trees. Unable to keep their teeth off of the marine life and wood, beavers can become annoying intruders.

But, we don’t want to kill beavers; even the state doesn’t permit it!

Let’s embark on the journey of a humane beaver-control plan.

We should not forget about the ecological importance of beavers. Beavers are known as ‘ecosystem engineers’ that habituate both land and water bodies making them favorable for living.

Additionally, a 2018 research study reveals that beaver ponds are helpful in mitigating the impacts of soil erosion and pollution from the agricultural landscapes.

Therefore, it’s always better to repel beavers from your property or relocate them rather than hunting down the endangered species.

To ease your trouble, this beaver control guide will help you repel beavers efficiently, keep reading:

Identifying a Beaver Presence in Your Surroundings:
How do you know if beavers are on your property?

Beavers, like most rodents, are nocturnal, leaving behind traces of their destructive activities.

Beavers cut trees and remove bark with their sharp teeth. So, if you see signs of tree destruction, lake or pond damming, prepare to set your traps.

6 Ways to Get Rid of Beavers:
Here’s what you can do if you think the destructive critters are sneaking around on your property:

  1. Try Beaver Repellents and Deterrents:
    The first step to any rodent removal is applying repellents on the vegetation in your yard. However, studies by the National Wildlife Research Center reveal that beaver repellents have a short-term effect on beaver control. Therefore, it should be reapplied often.

    Unfortunately, when nothing is left to eat for the beaver, he wouldn’t mind eating a few repellent-treated plants.

    Repellents prepared with natural ingredients such as hot sauce work perfectly. The repellent works great for cottonwood but is useless for red cedar.

    Alternatively, a few chemical repellents can work effectively. For that, you need to determine how much quantity is necessary for shrubs and trees.

    As for the deterrents, you can try strobe lights, sirens, and even propane cannons.

    Beavers are cautious, nocturnal animals. Therefore, the critters become cautious when visual and audible deterrents are used together. Bear in mind animals can get used to these tricks.

  2. Fencing:
    Beavers are instinctively attracted to the trickling sounds of water. This compels them to dam it up.

    As per the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, there was a need for a non-lethal approach to ward off beavers from ponds. This led to setting up exclusion fences.

    Fencing is a workable solution if you have a pond with marine life in it. Fencing is a surefire way to keep your pond fish safe because beavers are not climbers. It also prevents them from damming up in ponds. Set up a wired fence of about six feet to keep the critters out.

    You can also set up a drainage system to make the dam/pond water leak, making the progress of beavers difficult.

  3. Fence Around Trees and Branches:
    Tree barks provide beavers with construction materials.

    If you fence up the trees, shrubs, and branches, or the entire yard area with mesh wire, it would be difficult for them to build dams. Also, clear up the surrounding area of any fallen branches. They will eventually move on due to the non-availability of construction materials.

    This is an environment-friendly way to keep the beavers away without causing harm. However, this cannot be a considerable option for wider areas, especially if the beavers have already habituated the place.

  4. Electric Fencing:
    For larger areas, electric fencing is a highly effective solution to repel beavers. High-tensile electric wires can be erected to about 4 inches above ground level.

    The wires deliver a mild shock to beavers in their nose or head region as they approach the vegetation for construction material or damming. It needs to be done very professionally.

    Also, the electric supply should be checked regularly to ensure beavers are constantly repelled from the area.

    In terms of maintenance, you need to remove any fallen limbs near the wire or weeds, or grass growing beneath it. If they come in contact, there is a chance of a short circuit and fire.

    So, this is a tricky method requiring maintenance for protecting the lands of  armers from beaver intrusion.

  5. Set Up the Traps:
    First, find out how many beavers regularly visit your property. Because buying a bunch of traps when there are only two or three of them is wasteful. Then, set a clamshell trap near the area they are habituating. Clamshells are effective traps to secure the beavers well after they are caught.

    If you are unfamiliar with beaver traps, learn about the different traps available and how to set them up without causing any harm to the beavers. This is a necessary step for non-lethal trapping. Beavers may not appear dangerous but it is better to approach them only when they are caught. Otherwise, there is a greater chance for them to attack and hurt you.

  6. Exclusion:
    Exclusion refers to methods of making the habitat inhospitable for beavers. Now that you have relocated the beavers, you should destroy their previous dwellings. Also, hide away the material they had used. This is important to discourage them from returning.

    Sometimes, the trick works well in the first go. But, a stubborn beaver may return to rebuild.

    Therefore, continue to destroy their dams, remove the materials, spray a few repellents and utilize deterrents. They will eventually get the idea of how useless it is to build up dams in your area.

Final Verdict:
No matter what, beavers are ecosystem engineers and they deserve to live. Considering they are an endangered species, it is important not to harm them but to scare or repel them away from your property.