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 in North Georgia from Atlanta north to the state line, and to Chattanooga, Tennessee and its surrounding areas.
Here are some pictures of beavers, beaver damage, and beaver control jobs we've performed in Georgia and Tennessee.
Please call us today for help with beaver control or any animal control problem.