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Beavers are very interesting creatures. These large rodents are covered in brown fur with extremely thick and fine undercoat. Back in the 14th to the 17th century, also known as the Renaissance period, the beaver’s undercoat are highly valued by producers of felt fabric due to its toughness and fine quality. Beavers are known to slap their tail against the water whenever they detect a nearby predator. This alarm system warns other beavers of the possible threat. Currently, there are only two known beaver species, namely the European and the North American beaver. Although they have many similarities, the two species are genetically incompatible which means that the two cannot mate and produce an offspring. Speaking of mating, the beaver only has one partner for life. They are monogamous animals and usually live with large families. Beavers don’t “cheat” on their partners and once they find their mate, they will most likely spend the rest of their lives together, producing more and more offspring.
Due to their thick fur and undercoat, beavers can stay active even during the cold winter season. They still swim on rivers and streams despite the freezing temperatures and they will still use their lodges even if the water below has already frozen into solid ice. Another interesting thing about beavers is that they sometimes share their lodges with muskrats. Muskrats and beavers may look similar but they are not related in any way. Beavers are larger compared to muskrats and their ears are much more visible. There are various ways to differentiate the two animals. You can check the tracks they leave behind. If you see tracks with five visible toes, then it’s a beaver. If you see tracks with four distinct toes and a small fifth toe that is barely visible, then you’re seeing a muskrat track. Beavers allow muskrats to live in their wooden lodges because they can also act as an additional lookout for predators.
They truly are nature’s engineers. Their ability to create dams and store food for winter is remarkable and admirable. Beavers usually live near slow and fast-moving bodies of water, this include streams and rivers. They build their wooden lodges on open water areas, providing safety from predators. These lodges have underwater entrances and dome-like structures.
The wetlands created by beavers are highly beneficial to the surrounding environment. Several aquatic and semi-aquatic species thrive in these areas. When beavers abandon their dens, they leave behind rich, wet soil. This soil is a great place for new plants and trees to grow. Several species also rely on beavers for their survival, thus promoting biodiversity in the nearby areas. Beavers will only chew on a few select species of trees that are located near their dams and they will leave the other trees standing. The areas where trees used to stand will eventually be filled with bushes and other small plants. This promotes the regeneration of flora and the growth of new trees. Another lesser known fact about beavers is their ability to actually treat and filter the water from streams and rivers. Their structures can act as a natural water filter providing cleaner water further downstream.
Sometimes their “construction” activities cause flooding or damage roads or standing timber. Other times their food storage habits ruin trees on people’s property. Beavers will chew on trees and other wooden materials because like other rodents, their teeth never stop growing. They need to continually gnaw on hard surfaces to keep their teeth at a certain length, otherwise, their incisors will start puncturing their lower jaw. This destructive habit is highly undesirable. Its times like these when you need to call in a professional wildlife trapping company.
Affordable, Humane Beaver Trapping
Our service technicians are experienced and have many different ways to remove beavers from your property depending on your need to be discreet (in a public area) or on private property. We know that wildlife species like these are to be treated with respect. Our workers specialize in working with these creatures and carefully analyzing the situation before deciding on a course of action. We always follow state laws regarding trap size and types of traps we use. Get rid of beavers and call us today to discuss your options with trapping and removing a beaver infestation.
Dam Removal Services
Beaver dams aren’t always bad. These wooden structures act as water sources for other wildlife species during hot summers and severe droughts. When the water gets too warm, some fishes actually swim towards beaver dams where the water is deeper and significantly cooler. However, there are instances when beaver dams start to significantly slow down a river’s water flow, which can cause severe flooding to the surrounding areas. Some beavers also build their dams inside water pipes or sewers, this can block the water flow and the dam will have to be removed by trained professionals. Removing a Beaver Dam can be a difficult task that, depending on the size and life span, can require heavy machinery. It is best to call an expert who can assess the depth and strength of the dam, and recommend the best course of action. We can perform an assessment and execute the recommendation, often in the same day!