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- HOW TO STOP BEAVER FROM CHEWING TREES
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Beaver have long been pursued for their fur. Recent public opinion has slowed the fur industry and allowed beaver to prosper. The once steady harvest is at all time lows and consequently, beaver populations have grown.
This growth has forced the beaver to find refuge in any pond, lake or river that will house them. Increasingly, beaver are finding their way to water privately owned and with this migration, conflict with man. The destruction they do is in general not welcome. Skilled trappers who no longer are able to sell beaver fur to make a living are now turning to nuisance beaver trapping as a way of life.
BEAVER DAMAGE ^
Beaver can cause quick damage to trees which in turn leads to tree death. Beaver can cut down several trees down in a single night. They will dam water flow and change desired currents or water levels.
Most important, they are nocturnal and hard to hunt. This is why trapping beaver has long been the most productive way to control nuisance animals.
BEAVER BIOLOGY ^
Beaver families are centered around the female. She is the foundation responsible for the growth pattern of the colony. If food is plentiful, she will have 2-4 young a year and maybe more. Babies will stay with the female for at least two years and sometimes over three. Colonies can rapidly reach 12-15 animals if local food supplies will support such numbers.
If food is scarce, young beaver will be forced out on their own at younger ages. These young beaver will randomly chew trees and then leave. This activity is particularly frustrating because such immature beaver will cause a lot of damage and then move on only to cause just as much damage a hundred yards away. Older beaver will be more set in their ways and easier to follow. Once active, their patterns will be consistent as they methodically work trees and waterways. Young beaver are more inconsistent and difficult to track. Knowing the local colony could prove helpful when trying to trap nuisance beaver.
Beaver are strong, nocturnal and able to cover large areas in short time. They swim very well and can negotiate the strongest currents any river can produce. Once a beaver has decided it wants to live in any given stretch of water, it will build a lodge and begin to mark it’s territory. Tree cutting and unwanted damage will soon follow. At this time, most people are ready to take whatever measures are necessary to stop the destructive tree killing. Beaver will cut any tree but seem to be fond of the prettiest trees they can find. Cherry, dogwood and birch are quickly found and pine is generally liked too.
HOW TO STOP BEAVER FROM CHEWING TREES ^
Many tricks and repellents have been devised over the years to stop beaver from damaging trees but few if any work. At this time we have a liquid treatment to preserve trees as well as a sound repeller which will keep them off your land.
BEAVER REPELLENT SPRAY ^
The only product which will stop them from chewing on a tree is a non drying “glue” like material called 4-THE-BIRDS. This material is clear and tastes bad. You can spray or paint it on the tree.
One gallon can cover 10-20 trees and treatments can last a year or more. For essential protection, treat all the way around the tree trunk from 6″ up to 3 feet. This ensures you’ll be high enough to stop the biggest beaver who can stand tall.
For a few trees or less, paint on the treatment using a standard “wide” paint brush. For 5 or more trees, consider an inexpensive PUMP SPRAYER.
Once applied, beaver will not touch the gooey product or the protected tree. The treatment won’t hurt the tree or non-target animals since it is NOT a poison; it simply repels chewing animals (like beaver and porcupine) because it’s gooey and irritating to the skin.
BEAVER SOUND REPELLER ^
Your second option and definitely the “easier” option to employ is a SOUND REPELLER. Our unit is quite unique and different from any other being offered in that it combines both ultra sound and audible sound as well as light.
By default, our unit sends out a strong ultra sound beaver do not like. If you’re trying to protect a thick stand of trees on unlevel land, power the repeller using the included AC power supply. This will let you keep it always on. Ultra sound will travel 100 feet or more and beaver will detect it from afar and stay clear. Plan on running the unit at night with the frequency setting half way (in the middle).
Our units can be configured to run all day and night, night only or day only. For beaver, night only is usually fine.
You can also rely on battery power using 4 “c” cell batteries. When powered with batteries, you’ll need to rely on the motion detector to trigger the unit. Repellers set up this way will then send out ultra sound when triggered but also flash a the light bar on the front of the device as well as the red indicating motion detector light which stays on steady.
There is also an audible sound you can turn up (or off). When using it with batteries, we recommend dialing up the audible sound to a 40-60-80 setting so when the unit triggers off, it will send out a scary audible sound beaver do not like which will help scare and keep them away.
Units can be mounted on trees but since they’re very much “directional” and only they won’t be able to protect trees “behind” their line of sight. For this reason, its generally best to set them out a distance away from the trees you want to protect but keep them pointed in their direction.
For easy installation, MOUNTING BLOCKS are handy. They can accept 1 or 2 repellers (picture to the right) and have a 1/2″ hole on their bottom so they will easily fit over a 1/2″ piece of rebar or any other wood or plastic stake. Ultra Sound Repellers will work fine by themselves as long as you have a good place to set them up. But we highly recommend getting the Units with Mounting Blocks in the kits we offer. Mounting Blocks allow you to place units anywhere and they will save time too.
We also feature several accessories for our sound repeller including POWER CORD EXTENDERS (33 FEET AND 66 FEET), CIGARETTE LIGHTER POWER ADAPTER, ALLIGATOR CLIP POWER CORD and AC POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENTS.
BEAVER CONTROL USING TRAPS
If you have established beaver populations over your property, a simple repellent won’t keep them away. When beaver start building dams, clogging culverts and causing water issues, you’ll have to trap them out to stop the damage.
There are several ways to trap a beaver including live trap and kill trap options. This next section of our article will go over these various methods and offer tips and suggestions on how to successfully trap nuisance beaver. These methods can be used used in rivers, streams, ponds or lakes.
BEAVER TRAPPING ^
There are four types of traps commonly used to control nuisance beaver. Kill traps, leghold traps, snares and live cages.
KILL TRAPS FOR BEAVER ^
Kill traps have been used to take beaver for as long as trapping has been done. In the 1960’s, Conibear (aka: body grip) traps were introduced and quickly became the most popular style used.
Bodygrip traps are kill traps. They will squeeze the target animal tightly and quickly so there is no evading the jaws. Death is instant and because of how the trap is set, it rarely misses. Bodygrip traps like the BG 330 or the BG 220 are still the mainstay of any successful beaver trapper. The less common BG 280 can also be used. Most people will employ a pair of TRAP SETTERS when going afield; trap setters will allow you to safely and efficiently collapse the springs. For most novice trappers, the strength needed for any of these traps is easier to manage with setters.
The Bodygrip 220 traps measure 7.5″ x 7.5″ and are the most common size used for beaver. This size is large enough to catch animals 50 lbs or less.