Beavers can be quite a nuisance to home and business owners and have the ability to cause damage to trees, properties and buildings. Beavers chew on trees and other vegetation constantly and build mounds with mud, sticks and any other material that they can find and drag. These mounds and dams that beavers build can cause flooding due to the changes in landscape and water flow. Homemade beaver traps can be used to catch the rodents causing damage to your property.

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Beavers are members of the rodent family.

Step 1

Line up the sides of four of the pieces of steel to create a box without a top or bottom. Use the bailing wire to secure all four sides together.

Step 2

Attach a fifth piece of steel to create a bottom for the box and secure on all four sides. Using the sixth piece of steel, attach only one side to create a top for the box that will open.

Step 3

Create a locking mechanism by attaching the latch to the top of the box on the side opposite the side attached to the box so that you can secure the lid (top) into place. This should be a snapping latch so that when the top is held up then dropped the latch snaps into place.

Step 4

Place the box in an area where you know the beavers frequent. Use the two-foot tall stick to prop open the lid on the box on one side of the opening. Attach fishing line around the middle of the stick and to the opposite side of the steel box.

Step 5

Place bait for the beavers inside the steel box. Beavers typically enjoy willow wood, corn or other wood and vegetation. When the beaver goes to take the bait, it will trip the fishing line which will in turn pull down the stick and the top to the steel box will slam shut with the latch locking.