Muskrats, commonly mistaken for their larger relatives (beavers), are large, amphibious rodents. Like beavers, muskrats have almost no reason to go inside homes, so most of their damage occurs outside. Shallow water attracts these small, lumbering creatures, who use their short front legs and claws to swim. If you notice signs of muskrats on your property, call Critter Control of Dayton for help removing these rodents and preventing a future issue, or contact us HERE.
Muskrat Removal Services
- Muskrats prefer living in areas with consistent sources of shallow water, including ponds, swamps, slow-moving streams, marshes, and other wetlands.
- Generally herbivores, muskrats look for places with abundant aquatic plants like cattails, waterlilies, and duckweed. They burrow into the banks of ponds or streams, constructing dens that typically have at least one underwater entrance and are comprised of aquatic plants and mud.
- Habitat modifications can be employed to keep muskrat populations from encroaching on private property.
- Managing slopes and water levels helps discourage muskrats from burrowing into pond embankments, as does installing barriers and trimming overgrown aquatic vegetation. Erecting fences around gardens and other crops can effectively deter muskrats, as well.
Common Muskrat Problems
- As semi-aquatic animals, muskrats typically have no interest in entering manmade structures. Human and muskrat interactions occur when homeowners have ponds or other sources of water on their property. Though they primarily feed on aquatic vegetation, large populations of muskrats sometimes venture into gardens to supplement their food sources.
- The majority of muskrat damage is done to the ecosystems in which they live as their feeding habits cause deterioration of available food sources for other species. Muskrats will claw and bite both humans and pets in order to escape when they feel threatened, and they carry a variety of diseases and parasites, including ticks and lice.
Muskrat Trapping and Removal
As muskrats reproduce quickly and become aggressive when cornered, trapping and removing them without professional assistance can be both dangerous and time-consuming. Critter Control specialists have the knowledge, skills, and tools to remove infestations of muskrats humanely and efficiently.
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