THE BEAVER IN ILLINOIS

Adults Beavers typically weigh 40 to 50 pounds. Some may weigh as much as 90 pounds and stretch 3 to 4 foot long. The beaver is the largest member of the rodent family in Illinois. Like other rodents, it has 2 upper and two lower teeth located at the front of the jaws that are called incisors. Used chiefly for gnawing, a beaver’s incisors are long, massive and sharp. These specialized teeth allow a beaver to cut through a willow tree 5 inches in diameter in about 1 minute. Beavers are common in every county in Illinois. Beavers live in streams, rivers, marshes and lakes.

Beavers are well known for their engineering skills, especially building dams across streams and small rivers. The dams hold back water, increasing its depth and surface area. Dams 4 to 7 feet high are common. A flurry of beaver activity occurs in September and October as beavers prepare for winter. Dams are built up and kept in good repair. Most of the beaver family’s time is spent above a main dam, but they sometimes add 1 or more smaller dams downstream to back water up against the base of the main dam. This relieves pressure on the main dam and allows better access to food located downstream. Beavers construct bank dens and lodges for shelter and raising their young. They prefer bank dens if the stream or small lake banks are suitable for construction. Beavers confine their activities to within a half a mile of their lodge or den. They are most active at night, dusk and dawn.

Every area in the state that has suitable food sources located near permanent water is potential beaver habitat. Beavers forage on the bark of tender twigs and the new growth between the outer bark and the wood of branches and tree trunks. Preferred tree species include willow, river birch, and maple. It is also common to see damage to fruit trees. Roots of aquatic plants, marsh grasses, clover and certain berries are spring and summer fare.

REPRODUCTION

Breeding starts in January or February. Males and females are monogamous. A single annual litter of 3 to 4 kits is born in April, May or June. Some females can have up to 6 kits. When the kits are born, they are completely furred, with their eyes open and front (incisor teeth) visible. Although they are able to swim at birth, they seldom come out of the den until they are about 1 month old. The kits are weaned around 6 weeks of age but will remain with the parents until 1 to 2 years old.

DAMAGE CAUSED BY BEAVERS

Extensive flooding can occur once a beaver colony dams up a stream, river or lake. Retention ponds and yards with planted trees are vulnerable and can be wiped out fairly quickly. Replacement can be extremely expensive.

TRAPPING AND REMOVING BEAVERS

Beaver trapping can be a little tricky at times. We use a variety of legal trapping methods to remove beavers from your watersheds. Beaver trapping is more expensive than say, trapping a raccoon because of the habitat and the nature of the animal. We are very successful at trapping and removing beavers.

PREVENTION

There are several techniques to preventing beavers from taking down youR trees. We would be happy to consult with you and are fully cabable of beaver proofing your trees.

BEAVER TRAPPING SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES

Nuisance Wildlife Control and Removal provides trapping, removal and remediation services in the following Illinois cities and villages: Addison, Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Coal Ciy, Crest Hill, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Darien, DeKalb, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Homer Glen, Hinsdale, Itasca, Joliet, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Lombard, Minooka, Montgomery, Morris, Naperville”>Naperville, New Lenox, North Aurora, Oakbrook, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Plainfield, Plano, Romeoville, Roselle, Sandwich, Schaumburg, Shorewood, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Prestbury, Tinley Park, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge and Yorkville.

Local Reviews

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Map of Orland Hills, IL

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Map of Homer Glen, IL

Awesome all the way!!




Jerri was great caught all 3 racoons


Map of Joliet, IL

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Map of Plainfield, IL

Great Service!




Jerry came out first thing the next morning after calling him late in the afternoon. He was very knowledgeable and friendly with a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend Nuisance Wildlife Trapping and will be calling Jerry for any future animal problems.


Map of Wilmington, IL

Very prompt and professional




Jerry did a Great job! He explained how our issue would be handled. His follow up after the trapping was complete was excellent as well. I highly recommend if you are in need of trapping services.


Map of Homewood, IL

Rescued from 9 skunks




Great service in removing the skunk family that had moved in under our doorstep. Very prompt response and made all trips necessary to be sure we were rid of all of them without any smelly mishaps.


Map of Plainfield, IL

great service




what a great experience..jerry not only caught my racoon..he contacted me every day to keep my updated.service like that us very hard to find. and a nice guy as well. 100% approval.... will call on him again ....


Map of Monee, IL

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Great prompt service.


Map of Yorkville, IL

The Best Wildlife Trapping Service Period!




Called Jerry to have a raccoon removed he called me back within 5 minutes. He was almost half the cost of the other bids I received. He scheduled me in right away. Jerry is professional and extremely knowledgeable I wouldn't hire anybody else.


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Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 4 trapped and removed.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 trapped and removed .

Near Arthur Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 5 successfully trapped and removed.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk number 3 successfully trapped and removed .

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunks number 3 and 4 successfully trapped and removed at residence .

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Adult male skunk trapped and removed.

Near Thornapple Dr, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Successful skunk trapping and removal.

Near Biscay Ct, Aurora, IL 60502
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Skunk trapping and removal.

Near Appomattox Cir, Naperville, IL 60540
Jerome  L.

Jerome L.

Inspecting property for skunk den.

Near Forest Rd, Hinsdale, IL 60521