Beavers are amazing creatures. These large, prolific rodents are one of the most industrious animals on the planet, often called nature’s engineers because of their continuous efforts to “aquascape”—building dams, canals, felling trees, and redirecting waterways to control and change the flow of water in their surrounding habitats. Unfortunately for humans, these activities often infringe upon and alter our habitats, causing damage and destruction wherever they go. On an industrial level, they cause a massive amount of timber destruction across North America. They have powerful jaws and feed on bark, soft pulpy wood, and vegetation. Most people are surprised to learn that they do not eat fish despite their semi-aquatic nature.
They have powerful front teeth that never stop growing—gnawing is how they keep them in check—and their appetite is voracious. What they don’t eat, they use for building supplies or leave to rot. They are responsible for extensive flooding that creates safety issues, traffic hazards, and drainage problems. Their behavior also jeopardizes commercial farming, livestock, and crop production, and disrupts ecosystems in a way that can be very detrimental to the environment. Furthermore, they don’t seem to have any regard for our efforts to control and contain water for human use—they have their construction plans and think nothing of changing things to suit their purposes. Once they set their minds on accomplishing something, they get right to it—they are, quite literally, eager beavers. They are second only to humans in their ability to manipulate and change our environment.
On a more personal level, the beaver is a problematic pest that will invade your property and might turn your yard into his own private resort—complete with a pond, canals, and a spacious lodge to house his big family of approximately six-to-eight furry friends. To accomplish this transformation, he does more than just reroute existing nearby water sources—he’ll flood roads, driveways, walkways, buildings, gardens, and even your home. Plus, he’ll cut down your trees and make a meal of your surrounding vegetation. They may also carry several zoonotic diseases that are transferrable to humans, including Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis, E. Coli, and are well-known to carry Giardia, a parasite that causes severe gastrointestinal problems (sometimes called Beaver Fever).
North American Beavers are a common problem in Tennessee. At one time, they were hunted for their fur. However, as hunting has dramatically declined, populations have gone up significantly, and they’ve become a real nuisance to landowners (and especially farmers) across the state. It is no surprise to see one or more in your neighborhood, near your home, or, worst of all, on your property. Getting rid of beavers that have colonized near your home is nearly impossible for the average homeowner. Trapping is inadequate, not to mention dangerous, and beavers are just as persistent as they are industrious. They just won’t be dissuaded or discouraged.
We bet you didn’t know that the “natural vanilla flavoring” typically used in commercially baked goods comes from castoreum. This gooey secretion comes from their anal glands. (Thanks a lot, FDA! Maybe I don’t want that cupcake after all).
The only effective way to deal with them is to contact a professional wildlife control service immediately. If you live in Tennessee, the company to call is Wildlife Prevention & Repair. We are experienced experts in dealing with beaver problems—we know exactly how to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. Give us a call today, and we’ll get started.

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