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Beaver Control and Tree Protection

(Available only to 100+ acre properties within a 75-mile radius of Atlanta.)

Beaver swimming in water carrying a branch

Beavers damage valuable trees, and their dams cause floods and property damage.

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.

Beaver Control

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.

Bartering for Beaver Control

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.

Beaver Control Gallery

Here are some pictures of beavers, beaver damage, and beaver control jobs we've performed in Georgia.

 

Please call us today for help with beaver control or any animal control problem.

 

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