Mountain Beavers

At NW Nuisance Wildlife Control, we’re fully versed in the challenges mountain beavers can pose to your property. Known for their highly destructive burrowing behavior, these creatures can cause extensive harm to your landscaping, making a once pristine garden look like a war zone of mounds and holes. Moreover, their digging can undermine the integrity of structures, posing a genuine risk to your property. Recognized as experts in wildlife control, we employ methods that are both humane and kind to the environment, striving to maintain a balanced ecosystem while also safeguarding your property. When you put your trust in us, you’re not just getting a service – you’re getting a commitment to exceptional, professional, and timely solutions for your mountain beaver challenges.

Mountain Beavers, unrelated to the common beaver, are intriguing creatures due to their roots in an archaic era of rodent evolution. These seldom-seen rodents measure between 12 to 14 inches and reside in heavily vegetated or wooded areas, effectively eluding predators. Equipped with long, curved front claws, Mountain Beavers are skilled diggers and are known to create intricate burrow networks that serve as their homes and food storage during severe winters.

However, the complex burrowing habits of mountain beavers can also pose considerable challenges. Their penchant for tunneling can disrupt human endeavors such as tree farming and landscaping, damaging valuable property and crops. Moreover, their feeding habits, which include a wide variety of vegetation, can lead to significant losses in gardens and ornamental landscapes. Despite these challenges, it’s crucial to remember the intricate balance of nature and the role that each species plays in maintaining ecological health and diversity.

Q: What are the consequences of not removing a mountain beaver?

A: Neglecting to address a Mountain Beaver infestation can lead to a series of adverse consequences. The burrowing habits of these creatures can cause significant damage to the landscape, leading to soil erosion and destabilizing slopes, potentially resulting in landslides in hilly areas. In addition, Mountain Beavers are voracious herbivores. If they inhabit areas near human dwellings, they can wreak havoc on gardens, landscapes, and crops, leading to economic losses for homeowners and farmers alike. Furthermore, their extensive burrow systems can pose a hazard to livestock and humans by creating unexpected and potentially dangerous pitfalls.

Q: How do I prevent mountain beavers from returning?

A: Preventing Mountain Beavers from returning involves a multi-pronged approach. First, ensure you seal any open access points to your property, such as holes in fences or walls, as these can easily be used by the beavers to gain entry. Secondly, try to make your property less attractive to them. Remove any food sources by securely storing compost and keeping your garden free of fallen fruit and vegetables. Also, consider using tree guards to protect young trees and shrubs, which can be particularly appealing to Mountain Beavers. Finally, maintain a regular check on your property for signs of new burrow systems, and consider working with a pest control professional to create a long-term management plan. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Q: How do I know if I have a mountain beaver problem?

A: Identifying a Mountain Beaver problem at your property involves looking out for a few distinct signs. Firstly, observe any unusual activity in your landscape or garden, such as newly formed mounds of dirt, which could indicate the presence of a burrow system. Secondly, if you notice extensive damage to your vegetation, primarily if it appears as if the plants have been gnawed on or uprooted, it could be the handiwork of a Mountain Beaver. Additionally, trails leading to small tunnel entrances, frequent sightings of the rodent, or hearing scurrying noises underground may indicate a Mountain Beaver infestation. If you observe any of these signs, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance for proper pest control measures.

Q: We have something trapped in our attic/stove vent/fireplace. Can you get it out?

A: More than likely, yes. We commonly remove birds, rats, squirrels, raccoons and other animals from attics, crawlspaces, stove vents, fireplaces and other locations in homes, garages and sheds.

Q: Do you remove dead animals from walls, attics, etc?

A: Yes. We can usually find and remove dead animals from inside structures. Please call for price quote.

Q: Can you pick up a dead animal from my yard or inside the house?

A: Yes. We offer dead animal removal and disposal services. Please call for price quote.

Q: Do you have anything to get rid of the smell from dead animals and skunks?

A: Yes. Please call us regarding the specifics of your odor removal needs.

Q: What is a “Wildlife Control Operator” or “WCO”?

A: A Wildlife Control Operator (or “WCO”) has a license from the Department of Fish and Wildlife that allows them trap, capture, and remove unclassified wildlife or small game from private property.

Q: What are your fees?

A: Service fees vary greatly depending on the task at hand. Please call us to receive a quote over the phone. If the situation requires us to visit the site before offering a quote, we will tell you this during the initial call

Q: Do you trap and remove moles?

A: No, Initiative 713 banned the use of mole traps and our code of ethics prevents us from partaking in illegal activities. Anyone currently trapping moles is breaking the law.

Q: What do you do with the animals that you catch?

A: All nuisance wildlife control operators in the state of Washington are required by law to euthanize the animals caught on private property. Nuisance wildlife cannot be transported and relocated/released.

Q: Do you offer consultation services?

A: Yes. Please call us and we will gladly discuss the situation at hand.

Q: Do you offer consultation services?

A: Yes. Please call us and we will gladly discuss the situation at hand.

Q: Are you licensed by the state?

A: Yes. We are licensed by the State of Washington and by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are also bonded and insured.

Q: Do you also control ants, spiders, scorpions, bugs and termites?

A: Yes, please call the pest control division of our company, Willard’s Pest Control at (425) 820-1980.

Q: Do you control problem birds?

A: Yes, please call our “sister company”, Bird Busters

About Us

NNWC, established in 1985 is one of the oldest and most trusted wildlife removal companies serving the PNW. We specialize in live trapping, animal control, exclusion and clean up.

We are licensed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage a variety of wildlife conflicts that include: raccoons, squirrels, opossums, beavers, nutria, river otters, mountain beavers, bats, skunks, bobcats and coyotes. We specialize in live animal removal. NNWC serves both residential and commercial customers offering solutions tailored to meet your specific nuisance wildlife conflict needs.

Our trappers have Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Idaho in Wildlife Resources and University of Southern California in Environmental Science. Collectively we have over 50 year’s wildlife management experience. Whatever the wildlife conflict we have the experience, knowledge and skill to humanely and professionally solve your problem.

Call us at 425 820-7476 to talk about the mountain beaver removal process or you can email us at