Beavers are large, semi-aquatic rodents common to all parts of Georgia. They are strict herbivores and survive on the twigs and inner bark of many deciduous (broad-leaf) trees, shrubs, grasses, aquatic plants, seeds, and agricultural crops.
Beavers can be easily recognized by their orange teeth and their large, flat tails. Contrary to popular belief, beavers don't use their tails to carry mud or apply it to their dams. They use their tails as rudders when swimming, to store fat, to regulate their body temperatures, and to warn other beavers of danger by loudly slapping the surface of the water before diving under it.
Although admired in popular culture for their work ethic, beavers have the annoying and destructive habits of felling trees and damming creeks and brooks to create ponds in which they store food for the winter, raise their young, and hide from predators. They can cause a great deal of damage in a very short time.
Another annoying habit beavers have is killing trees that they don't like very much as food (usually pine and other conifers) to encourage the growth of trees and plants that they do like to eat. They usually do this by "girdling" the trees' bark, which causes the trees to die, rather than felling the trees. Apparently beavers do have a lazy side to them!
These destructive habits of beavers make them mighty unwelcome in timber forests, tree farms, and other areas where their destruction of trees and the flooding caused by their dams can cause many thousands of dollars in financial losses to foresters, farmers, and land owners.
Beavers usually are controlled by trapping and removal. In addition, beaver shields or "tree guards" can sometimes be installed on vulnerable trees to prevent beavers from felling them. Frequent monitoring is needed to make sure "new" beavers don't move in after the "old" beavers have been removed.
Rid-A-Critter provides beaver control, tree protection, and beaver dam-breaking services to timber forests, tree farms, and other large, wooded areas of 100 acres or more within a 75-mile radius of Atlanta. We do not perform beaver control on residential lots and other small areas. We've tried it in the past, but it's simply not cost-effective. Sorry about that.
If you're a forester, tree farmer, land manager, or other person or company with a forest or other large wooded lot that you need protected from beavers, we'd like to talk to you about the possibility of a barter arrangement.
If your land is suitable for hunting, we'd like to discuss the possibility of providing protection from beavers in return for a hunting lease to your land. We would provide comprehensive beaver trapping, removal, monitoring, and dam-breaking services, and in return we'd receive a recreational lease to use your land for closely-supervised, small-group hunting activities. Please contact us if you're interested. If you call by phone, please ask to speak to Richard Adcock. Thank you.
Here are some pictures of beavers, beaver damage, and beaver control jobs we've performed in Georgia.
Jeff busy trapping beavers near Marietta
Atlanta beaver control job
Beavers hard at work building a dam
Beaver control job near Atlanta, Georgia
Beaver damage to a tree in Smyrna, Georgia
Atlanta beaver removal job
Beaver lodge outside Sandy Springs, Georgia
Mesh helps protect trees from beaver damage
Beaver control job in Atlanta
Atlanta beaver removal job by a culvert
Beaver dam in a Marietta, Georgia suburb
Atlanta beaver removal job
Beaver swimming while carrying a branch
Beaver damage to a tree in Stone Mountain, GA
Beaver relocation job in Peachtree City, Georgia
Beavers felled this tree outside Peachtree City
Douglasville, Georgia beaver removal job
Beaver dams clog drainage and irrigation systems
Please call us today for help with beaver control or any animal control problem.