Description The largest rodent in North America, beavers possess teeth that grow continuously, which allows the animal to easily cut down trees. However, their use of lumber is the reason they are sometimes considered pests. Beavers are vital to the survival and expansion of wetland animals. Though they are a key contributor to wetland ecosystems, beavers are not only an aesthetic nuisance, but a danger to people and property when their nesting habits cause flooding. Appearance Beavers are covered in brown fur that varies in color from black and reddish to yellow-tinted. Average beavers measure around 3 feet (1 m) lengthwise and weigh between 20 and 75 pounds (9 and 35 kg). Beaver tails are flat and wide. While their hind feet are both webbed and clawed, their smaller unwebbed front feet only feature claws. The creatures possess unmistakable front teeth, small ears, black and beady eyes, and pointed snouts. Habitat The North American beaver inhabits most of the United States and Canada, as well as northern regions of Mexico. Generally, beavers require ponds in order to survive, as they provide security and food sources for the animal. As a result, beavers dam rivers in order to stop water flow. The outcome of this process is vibrant ecosystems that provide ideal living conditions for various species of water fowl and insects, as well as beavers. The animal can be found in large lakes and rivers, as well. Problems Entry Are beavers known to enter homes or yards? Beavers do not stray too far from water sources, as they're crucial to the rodent's survival. Properties in close proximity to bodies of water, like lakes, rivers, and ponds, are at most risk of beaver infestation. Homeowners need not fear beaver home invasions. Damage Do beavers harm people or property? Although beavers only affect property near sources of water, the damage caused by beaver dams can affect entire communities. In addition to felled trees and other plant damage, beaver damming can induce flooding and present real problems for area residents. Potential flood threats should be taken care of immediately. Control Control and Safety Individuals who are fond of particular trees and vegetation should encircle the base of these plants with wire mesh, which successfully deters beavers from gnawing. Never attempt to touch beavers as they may bite when threatened. If flooding is a concern, contact professionals who have access to unique and effective solutions, including water-level control devices. Trapping and Removal Trapping is best conducted by the wildlife professionals found at Critter Control. Having dealt with beaver problems in the past, our technicians have know-how and removal tools at their disposal. Professional beaver removal, if done correctly, can prevent future incursions and eliminate the dangers of both personal and animal injury. We can help you get rid of beaver problems. Call today: 1.800.274.8837. Critter Control of Virginia Beach Service Area Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton This franchise is independently licensed and operated by ADAY Services, Inc. dba Critter Control of Virginia Beach.