How to protect my trees from beavers in New Jersey | Beaver

How to protect my trees from beavers

Beavers will damage trees as far as 100 feet from the water. You can protect your trees by:

  • Taste repellents available at hardware stores or online may provide temporary protection.  Spray the lower trunk up to a height of approximately 3.5 feet. 
  • A longer term solution is to encircle your trees with sturdy wire fencing.  
    • Be sure to use fencing at least 4 feet tall, made of heavy gauge steel wire and openings no larger than 2 by 4 inches.
    • Wrap fencing around the tree, and secure the two ends creating a free-standing cylinder of mesh. 
    • Leave 5-6 inches of space between the tree and the wire.
    • Make sure the fence is flush with the ground at the bottom.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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