Busy as Beavers

By | April 17, 2017

Beaver Dam Removal

When we remove squirrels, raccoons or bats from homes, we suggest repairs to prevent future problems with these animals.

So, after a squirrel removal, you might find us replacing some chewed fascia so others can’t get in.  Or, after a raccoon removal from a fireplace, you might find us installing a chimney cap.

You get the idea: remove the troublemakers and take steps to reduce the chances of new problems.

Removal and exclusion are a tried and true combination when dealing with most nuisance wild animal species. Sometimes, though, it just looks a little different.

When it comes to beavers, we apply the same concepts; just in a little different way.

copley beaver damLike in the other jobs mentioned, animal removal is the first step. The rest of the post assumes that the problem beavers have been removed.

The second, preventative step is to remove the dams (like the one to the right) and huts.

Beavers are opportunists, and doing a remodel on an abandoned hut and dam is much easier than building new.  Huts and dams that are left in place only attract more beavers soon.

Additionally, if dams are not removed the high water issues they caused in the first place have not been resolved.  A real solution means the dams have to go. Removing the dams lets the water get back to the level desired by the people rather than the beavers.

This dam shows a stream that a couple of beaver had backed up.  The high water was creeping closer to a major retailer and a condominium complex causing concern.

Letting the Water Flow

Removal of a beaver dam is a necessary process but not necessarily an easy one.

In fact, when you start dismantling a beaver dam by hand one really gets an appreciation for the term busy as a beaver.

Beaver dams can be many feet high and as wide as the stream they are blocking.  Taking apart all the mud and sticks lets the water flow.

This slideshow depicts various stages of a dam removal. Some of the pieces needed a chainsaw for removal.

Beaver Removal for Stark, Summit, and Portage Counties 

If you are experiencing flooding issues caused by beavers and are in our service area, please contact Frontline Animal Removal.

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There are beavers in more places than most people realize.  Sure, they are in some of the more suburban and rural places in our service area.  But, many would be a little surprised to know that even in the more urban parts of Akron, Canton, and Kent there are beavers present.  Wherever there is a waterway and a good source of food, beavers are likely to be testing it out for suitability.

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