Proper management of beaver populations to reduce potential negative aspects of beaver activity.
The Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) receives many requests from city and town officials and property owners seeking assistance to alleviate flooding cause by beaver activity. CMMCP recognizes beavers as keystone species of the natural and ecological landscape. Beaver activity creates wetland and wildlife habitat that benefits many plant and animal species. Along with the positive aspects of beaver activity come some negative aspects. The most frequent issue affecting CMMCP is dam building activity which clogs culverts and drainage ditches. Increased flooding creates new habitat for mosquitoes and increases the need for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques.