Quick Beaver Facts
- Average Life Span: up to 24 years
- Beavers are the largest species of rodents in North America
- Average Weight: 35-50 lbs
- Beaver lodges are constructed of branches and mud and are usually located in the middle of ponds and can only be reached by underwater entrances
- Beavers’ teeth grow constantly so they need to gnaw in order to keep them short
- Beaver can remain underwater for up to 15 minutes at a time
- The collective name for a group of beavers is a colony
- Beavers mate for life
- Diet: Herbivores
Is your nuisance animal a Beaver? Beaver Facts You Should Know
Useful Information About Beavers
Beaver are primarily nocturnal and feed and work during the night. Their diet consists of bark, twigs, tree leaves, and the roots and stems of aquatic plants. Beaver will also eat agricultural crops like corn, soybeans and fruit trees. They can often be a nuisance to landowners if they destroy their plants from feeding. Most damage has been from beaver dams causing flooding to timber and agricultural land.
havahart® beaver solutions
Important Information on Beavers — Live Trapping
The Havahart® Model #1081 is a large size trap that will be a great fit for live trapping a beaver. All Havahart® traps are constructed of sturdy rust-resistant wire mesh with steel reinforcements and rounded edges to protect the animal and you from harm.
To humanely trap beaver, place a live animal trap where they are entering and leaving the water frequently (the beaver slide) partially in the water – be sure to take every precaution that the beaver will be able to breathe to avoid drowning.
Use a small plate to place the bait at the end of the live trap. Havahart® recommends the following baits:
- Beaver Castor
- Tree Oi
- Poplar Oil
Live-Trapping A Beaver — Expert Tips
- Make sure to cover the bottom of the trap with twigs, dirt, natural vegetation and wood chips so they can’t feel the metal mesh
- Place a few small logs on either side of the trap opening to naturally guide the beaver into the trap
- Check the trap often to make sure you tend to your catch and release the beaver as soon as possible
- Take the animal far enough away from your home to release, in a wetland area, so you don’t risk it returning
Use this information about beavers to prevent them from doing serious damage to your property!