Beavers are cute animals and fun to watch out in the wild. Their behavior is interesting as they interact with one another and continue to build their dams for which they are recognized for. However, just because you enjoy watching them in the wild doesn’t mean you want to enjoy watching them in your backyard. Beavers can cause property damage if left unattended and can also carry parasites that can potentially cause an outbreak of giardiasis. Giardiasis is an infection of the intestines caused by a parasite. Contact with contaminated food, water, or human contact that has been contaminated by feces can cause the infection. Giardiasis is not normally fatal, but it can cause long term problems such as:
- Lactose intolerance
- Development problems in children
If you have noticed beavers around your property and you begin to show symptoms such as the following, seeking a doctor’s care is suggested:
- Loss of weight
- Cramps and bloating in the abdominal region
To learn more about giardiasis, click here. Beavers are also known for their damage to your landscaping and for causing flooding due to their dams. Beavers will use trees as a source of food along with material for their dams. The cambium layer on a tree helps provide food for the beaver along with their preference to fruit and ornamental trees. Damage is usually noticed before anything drastic occurs, however it can get pricey to constantly replace damaged trees. Flooding can occur as well depending on the location of the beaver’s dam. If the dam has been built near draining structures, flooding can occur, especially following a heavy rainfall or summer storm. If you suspect beaver activity on or near your Rockville property, call the experts at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. We provide humane services such as dam removal, tree guard installation, and beaver removal to help keep your property safe from beaver damage. To get started, set up an appointment with one of Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control’s technicians by calling 443.417.3137 or clicking here. You can also follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.