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  • Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control
  • 2502 Hanson Road
  • Edgewood, MD 21040

Beaver Removal and Beaver Control

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control offers complete beaver control, beaver removal, beaver dam removal, and debris cleanup. If you are in need of beaver control contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to schedule an appointment with one of our Wildlife Control Technicians

IDENTIFYING BEAVER DAMAGE

Beaver inhabit every state in the mid-Atlantic region. They are found in streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes. They are known to cause extensive damage to trees in their territory by chewing of the bark around the base of the tree. Often the trees are chewed completely through and fall to the ground.

Beaver are known to dam up creeks, streams and rivers creating important wet lands that support countless species of birds, snakes, turtles, frogs, and more. However these dams often create floods that damage roads, business, farms, industrial parks and homes.

Below are photos of trees that have been damaged or destroyed by beaver.

Maryland Trees that have been damaged or destroyed by beaver

Trees that have been damaged or destroyed by beaver in Virginia

Trees that have been damaged or destroyed by beaver in Delaware

WHAT WE CAN DO TO RESOLVE YOUR INVASIVE BEAVER PROBLEM

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control offers beaver removal, beaver control, beaver proof exclusion barriers, dam removal and dam prevention barriers. Our Wildlife Control Technicians will live capture trap and remove existing beaver to prevent future damages. We will remove any debris including the beaver dam and hut to allow the water to properly flow.

Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control will install a culvert guard to prevent beaver from blocking culvert pipes that run under roads and rail road tracks. Specially designed fencing and barriers can be installed to prevent beaver from damming up water ways. We can also install beaver proof guards around trees to prevent beaver from damaging expensive ornamental trees on your property.

To learn more about the culvert guards and beaver proof barriers we install visit
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/facts/mammals/beaver/pdf/beaver_water_flow_devices.pdf or http://www.clemson.edu/psapublishing/pages/afw/afw1.pdf or http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1555&context=icwdm_usdanwrc.

To learn more about the beaver proof tree guards we install visit
http://www.gardenersedge.com/tree-guard/p/VP-BG/ or http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6992.html or http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/beavers.html.

BEAVER BIOLOGY, HABITS AND HABITAT

Beaver

Beaver are the largest rodents in North America. They have a body length of 34 inches to 43 inches and weight between 25 and 100lbs. They have a chunky stout body with brownish black fur and short stocky legs. Beaver have 2 large rubbery webbed hind feet for superior swimming and two strong front feet that hold mud, twigs, and debris that they use to construct their dams. They have a large flat leathery tail that propels them while they are swimming. They have large front teeth that continuously grow and to keep them from over growing they have to gnaw on trees and other materials.

Beaver are active year round and are mostly nocturnal however they do occasionally come out during the daytime. They mate for life and breed season is January to March. From April to June the female will give birth to 3 to 5 young called kits. Beaver are very family oriented and will live in colonies which consist of the adult female the adult male, the young from last mating season, the young from the mating season before last and the young from this mating season. Young beaver will leave on their own in the spring when they are 2 years old to establish their own territories. Colonies will mark their territory with scent mounds constructed from mud they carry up from the bottom of the water system they inhabit. They place the small mounds of mud around the boundaries of their territory and then spray an oily secretion from their anal glands onto the mud mounds.

Beaver are strictly vegetarians feeding on a wide variety of vegetation found in and around waterways. Their diet consists of leaves, twigs, tree bark, fruit, sprouts, buds, shrubs, and young trees less than 3 inches in diameter. They also feed on aquatic vegetation such as rushes and sedges. Beaver store food which they submerge in the water next to their lodge in preparation of harsh winter months. During winter months when food is hard to find they may travel outside of their territory to locate food and the will feed on the bark of larger softwood trees and hardwood trees.

Below is a diagram of a beaver lodge. This lodge is constructed from mud, leaves, twigs, branches, rocks, and any other material they find that is suitable. The lodge is skillfully engineered by entwining twigs, braches and leaves together with mud packed in to hold things together. The structure consist of a hollow doom with a solid base of mud for a safe house that protects against weather and predators as well as one or two entry points that lead into the water.

Diagram of a beaver lodge

Below are photos of beaver dams that are holding back millions of gallons of water. Some beaver dams a beneficial to wildlife and humans however some can cause flood homes, roads, industrial complexes, and businesses adding up to millions of dollars in damages and creating dangerous situations.

 Beaver dam in Maryland

 Beaver dam in Virginia

 Beaver dam in Delaware

To learn more about the biology, habits and habitat of beaver visit
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Wildlife_profiles/profile_beaver.htm.
To watch a beaver constructing a beaver lodge visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuMRDZbrdXc.

THE BEAVERS RANGE

Location of Beaver Habitats

SERVICES WE PROVIDE FOR BEAVER CONTROL AND BEAVER REMOVAL

  • Beaver live capture trapping
  • Beaver removal
  • Beaver control and prevention
  • Beaver proof tree guard installation
  • Beaver proof culvert guard installation
  • Beaver proof fence guard
  • Beaver dam removal
  • Culvert pipe cleanout and debris removal