Mountain Beavers in Seattle

Description

Mountain beavers are believed to be the world's most primitive living rodent species. Although, they share some of the same habits such as tree girdling and downing small trees and shrubs, they are not really a type of beaver. Mountain beavers are such a primitive-type species that their closest relative in the animal kingdom are members of the family “Sciurudae” which includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs. They are very elusive, damaging to vegetation, and though they are not inherently aggressive, they can bite pretty hard.
 

Appearance

Mountain beavers resemble large hamsters or a tailless muskrat.

  • 12-14 inches long
  • Weigh 2-3 pounds
  • Small ears and eyes
  • Short, barely noticeable tails
  • Large, curved front claws used for digging, grasping, and climbing


Habitat

Mountain beavers create extensive burrow systems that consist of 5 chambers and a combination of different entry holes. Their preferred habitat in in areas with moist, shaded slopes and ravines. They are small and easily preyed upon by predators, so they choose to tunnel in areas that are uninviting to other animals such as nettles and thorny bushes.

Burrowing

Burrows created by mountain beavers are quite extensive. The entire burrow will run 6-8 inches in diameter. Special chambers throughout the burrow will be used for nesting, feeding, storing food, storing extra earth material or storing droppings. With 10 or more exits, mountain beavers are able to travel the majority of their distance underground. Unoccupied mountain beaver tunnels may be used by mice, moles, voles, rats, rabbits, weasels, minks, spotted skunks, and salamanders.

Damage

Mountain beavers can destroy expensive and extensive landscaping in or around your yard. Saplings are one of their favorites and they will seek them out and chew them down to nubs. They are strictly herbivorous, meaning they only eat plants, and prefer rhododendrons, sword ferns, skunk cabbage, nettles, willows, and more. Due to their substantial amount of tunneling, they can also cause sink holes and mudslides in areas that have substantial moisture or water runoff. When the damage becomes this severe it will take experts and professionals to resolve the situation.
Mountain Beaver Damage by Fence

Mountain Beaver Damage Under Fence

Mountain Beaver Damage to Plant

Mountain Beaver Control

Critter Control of Seattle can trap and remove mountain beavers near your home or business. Our professional team of wildlife specialists are experienced in safe removal and trapping methods. Once the mountain beaver is removed, Critter Control of Seattle will assess the situation and will create a plan of prevention. With severe damage, we will recommend contacting an eco-engineer for advice on how to proceed.

Testimonials

Marilyn
6/15/2021
Brendan is always good and he is friendly.thank you
Richard
6/11/2021
Y’all were responsive & personable… & caught 4 critters that were doing damage digging up our lawn. Thanks.
Sally
6/11/2021
Thanks for taking care of our "critters" so quickly and efficiently. It's not a job I want any part of, but I'm glad you are good at it!
Bill
6/11/2021
They did a really good job, very professional and courteous.
Lee
6/10/2021
Terrance showed up when he said he would and did a great job. Thank you for the help.
SMK Trust
6/10/2021
Excellent work. Kept us informed throughout and helped us control the problem.
Marshall
6/10/2021
Chris is great , courteous and professional
Bob
6/10/2021
Prompt service,very nice on phone.Glad to know about Crittercontrol.
Mica
6/10/2021
My whole interaction with Critter Control was very satisfying from making the appointment to Chris' 2 visits. He diagnosed the issue and returned several days later to finish the job with a creative solution. Many thanks!
Nancy
6/10/2021
Chris is excellent! He eliminated the flying squirrels and bats from our new home. He’s always professional and polite.
Brian
6/10/2021
Terry did a great job with the initial bird removal and covering up the hole where the birds had nested afterwards. He was also very polite and explained everything that he was doing. I couldn't ask for a better experience.
Bethany
6/10/2021
Great crew and service!
Phyllis
6/9/2021
Critter Control was EXCELLENT in helping us get an iguana out of our attic! The technician was polite, friendly and very responsible! He explained what he was doing and what had to be done to ensure success in removing the iguana. I would hire Critter Control again without hesitation. Thanks Critter Control for helping us!
Heather
6/3/2021
Thank you!..always on top of it!
Robert
6/2/2021
Great service to secure our home. We had a new roof installed but they never did Rescreen the vents to keep the critters out of the house. Nice job Brandon.
Daryl
6/2/2021
Thanks
Laura
6/2/2021
Chris is amazing!
Paul
6/2/2021
Great job on the screening and thank you for checking on the traps daily!
Michael
6/2/2021
Service Tech was excellent.
Olga
6/2/2021
Thank you very much!
Joann
6/2/2021
I appreciated the help from the men who came to take care of my raccoon problem. They both were friendly and professional. Thank you! Jo Ann Rayner
SMK Trust
6/2/2021
Very professional and kept us informed throughout the process.
Teri
5/21/2021
Dependable, good job!
Bill
5/19/2021
I was very satisfied with there service. They quickly responded to my request and captured the animal that was destroying my garden. Totally professional.
Renee
5/18/2021
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Bert
5/11/2021
CC did a very good job.
Erik
5/4/2021
Professional and friendly
Sara
5/4/2021
Excellent customer service! Last week we realized a family of cute birds were nesting in our roof soffit. The nest was right above our deck, and they were getting aggressive with our dogs and us. A super friendly service coordinator answered the phone right away. She was able to get us scheduled for the next day. The tech showed up on time, in a freak April snowstorm! He quickly addressed the issue, thoroughly explained what he did and when he would be back. He showed up right on time again, made sure our squatting birds were gone for good and completed the permanent fix where they were accessing the soffit. Probably one of the easiest service calls we’ve ever had! Thank you!
Dawn
5/4/2021
We had a nuisance woodpecker driving us insane drumming on the metal chimney cap. We called Brittni and she provided detailed information over the phone as to estimated costs and methods used. She promptly followed up everything with a detailed email. Scheduling was easy. Terrance was on-time and very pleasant to work with. He inspected the chimney for damage and for evidence of nests = none found! He installed two deterrents and wa on his way! Highly recommend!
Mark
5/1/2021
Very professional service, wonderful people, pricey
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