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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

beavers page

Welcome to Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., Beaver Page

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., is Licensed & Insured. We provide both residential & commercial services for All Of Your Beaver Problems.

Beaver Removal

Beavers can be a real nuisance. Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provide humane and effective nuisance beaver control, removal & trapping services in the Richmond, Virginia and Charlottesville, VA areas, as well as the following additional areas of Central Virginia – Albemarle, Goochland, Orange, Amelia, Fluvanna, Powhatan, Louisa, Henrico, and Hanover Counties as well as the Cities of Charlottesville and Richmond, and Mineral, Gordonsville, Earlysville, Keswick.

The beaver (Castor Canadensis) causes tremendous damage in Virginia through their dam building and tree cutting activities. These activities therefore affect the structural integrity of roads, railroad trestles, and manmade waterways. The cost of damaged property can reach thousands of dollars in just a few weeks.

These critters are hosts to several ectoparasites and internal parasites including nematodes, trematodes, and coccidians. Giardia lamblia is a pathogenic intestinal parasite that causes human giardiasis.

We control beaver damage by several methods, depending on the situation. An Integrated Wildlife Management (IWM) program that utilizes beaver removal and prevention works best. However, we install “Beaver Deceivers” and “Beaver Bafflers” on ponds and dams for property owners who do not want the animals removed.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services specializes in nuisance beaver removal, trapping, control and management. We utilize the most up-to-date equipment and techniques to safely and humanely remove the nuisance animals. Additionally, we have experience dealing with nuisance beavers in rural, suburban, and urban environments, and understands the unique circumstances that each type of environment poses.

Our local wildlife removal experts provide nuisance beaver removal and control services to individuals, businesses, property managers, homeowners associations, timber companies, and municipalities. Call us today and let us help you with your wildlife problem.

At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services we are constantly striving to advance our education so that we may serve you better.

Description of Damage

Habitat modification by beaver, caused primarily by dam building, is beneficial to fish, fur bearers, reptiles, amphibians, waterfowl, and shorebirds. However, when this modification comes in conflict with human objectives, the impact of damage may far outweigh the benefits.

Most of the damage caused by these flat tails is a result of dam building, bank burrowing, tree cutting, or flooding. Beaver damage in Virginia is extensive with estimated losses of $3 million to $5 million dollars annually for timber loss, crop losses, roads, dwellings, flooded property, and other damage. For instance, some unusual cases observed include state highways flooded because of beaver ponds, reservoir dams destroyed by bank den burrows collapsing, and train derailments caused by continued flooding and burrowing. Housing developments have been threatened by beaver dam flooding, and thousands of acres of cropland and young pine plantations have been flooded by beaver dams.

Road ditches, drain pipes, and culverts have been stopped up so badly that they had to be dynamited out and replaced. Some bridges have been destroyed because of beaver dam-building activity. In addition, beavers threaten human health by contaminating water supplies with Giardia.

Identifying beaver damage generally is not difficult. Signs include dams; dammed-up culverts, bridges, or drain pipes resulting in flooded lands, timber, roads, and crops; cut-down or girdled trees and crops; lodges and burrows in ponds, reservoir levees, and dams. In large watersheds, it may be difficult to locate bank dens. However, the limbs, cuttings, and debris around such areas as well as dams along tributaries usually help pinpoint the area. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage, 1994).

Health Concerns

Tularemia – A bacterial disease associated with various animal species including beaver, rabbits, and rodents. Tularemia occurs year-round throughout Virginia. People can contract tularemia by handling infected animal carcasses, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or breathing in F. tularensis. Symptoms include sudden fever/chills, headaches, muscle aches, cough, progressive weakness, and pneumonia. However, if treated quickly with the appropriate antibiotics, this potentially fatal disease is curable. Therefore, rubber gloves should be worn when handling beavers or working where they live. Also, avoid drinking untreated water.

Giardiasis – This disease, found in beavers and other animals is a diarrheal illness caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite that lives in the intestine of people and animals. It has become recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne disease (drinking and recreational) in humans in the United States. The symptoms associated with giardiasis range from none (in light infections) to severe, chronic diarrhea. Giardia may be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated. To protect yourself, practice good hygiene and avoid drinking or eating anything that may be contaminated. Boiling or filtering water removes the organisms that cause this disease.

Beaver Lodges and Huts

The ponds created by well-maintained dams help isolate the beavers’ homes, which are called lodges or huts. These are created from severed branches and mud. Beaver cover their lodges or huts late each autumn with fresh mud, which freezes when frosts arrive. The mud becomes almost as hard as stone, thereby preventing predators from penetrating the lodge.

The lodge has underwater entrances which makes entry nearly impossible for any other animal, although muskrats have been seen living inside lodges with the beaver who made them. Only a small amount of the lodge is actually used as a living area. However, contrary to popular belief, beaver actually dig out their dens with underwater entrances after they finish building the dams and lodge structures. There are typically two chambers within the lodge, one is for drying off after exiting the water and the other, drier one, in which the beaver family lives.

Lodges are constructed with the same materials as the dams, with little order or regularity to the structure. They seldom house more than four adults and six or eight juveniles.

In the colder climates, when the ice breaks up in spring, beaver usually leave their lodges and roam until just before autumn, when they return to their old lodges and gather their winter stock of wood. They seldom begin to repair their lodges until frost sets in, and rarely finish the outer coating until the cold becomes severe. When they erect a new lodge, they fell trees in early summer, but seldom begin building until nearly the end of August.

Shown below is a diagram showing a typical lodge or hut.

beavers - beaver lodge

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: Do beaver live in Virginia?
Answer: Yes, they live throughout Virginia. It seems at times that most ponds, lakes, and rivers have beaver problems.

Question: Can you kill beaver?
Answer: Yes, but within certain limitations and restrictions. Beaver are considered fur bearers and are often trapped during Virginia’s trapping season which normally runs from December to February. However, there is a continuous open trapping season in some cities and towns. Licensed nuisance wildlife permit holders may trap beaver at any time in accordance with their permit.

Question: Are beaver protected?
Answer: They are not protected in Virginia. Individuals who have a nuisance wildlife permit may trap beaver at any time in accordance with their permit. Licensed fur trappers can trap beaver during the regular trapping season.

Question: Are beaver a nuisance?
Answer: They can be a nuisance when they damage trees and cause flooding. Virginia spends about $300,000 a year on controlling these pests.

Question: When are beaver most active?
Answer: They are most active from late afternoon to shortly after daybreak when they usually return to their lodge.

Beaver Trap

There are many ways to trap a beaver. Trap types include body grip, foothold, and cable restraints or snares. Each trap has a particular use and requires a certain level of skill on the part of the trapper to guarantee success. Also, some beaver traps are more dangerous to use than others.

Beaver Control

We provide beaver control services to help address beaver problems. Sometimes you can control beaver with habitat modification or the use of non lethal methods. Our wildlife control technicians can provide the best beaver control solution to address your particular problem. We provide beaver control services daily in the Richmond VA and Charlottesville VA areas.




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VPWRS Can Solve Your Problems!

  1. Beaver Chewing & Damaging Trees?
  2. Scratching Noises In Your Attic, Walls, Or Crawlspace?
  3. Unwanted Animal Wildlife In Your Home, Business or Property?
  4. Bats In Your Attic?
  5. Birds In Your Dryer And Bathroom Vents?
  6. Problem Bird Or Bat Infestation?
  7. Animals In Your Chimney Or Fireplace?
  8. Digging In Your Lawn Or Under Your House, Deck Or Garage?
  9. Dead Animal Problems?
  10. Animal Odor Problems?
  11. Chewing Sounds In Your Attic Or Crawl Space?
  12. Animals Damaging Your Wiring, Insulation, Fascia, Soffits, And The Wood In Your Home?
  13. Animal Feces Removal?
  14. Attic Restorations And Clean-Up Needed?

VPWRS Extensive Services

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services provides nuisance wildlife removal, animal control, predator control, pest control, nuisance wildlife exclusion, and wildlife clean-up services.


We have experience handling bats, beavers, birds, Canada geese, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, mice, moles, raccoons, rats, opossums, otters, skunks, squirrels, snakes, voles, muskrats, bobcats, Copperhead snakes, pigeons, and other species of Virginia wildlife.


We operate our business within accepted industry standards and best practices, and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.

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