Muskrat Removal & Control
How to Get Rid of Muskrats: Muskrats like to live near the water. If you have a decorative pond or a flood wall protecting your home, then maybe you have reason to be concerned. Most muskrat problems are the worry of town and city officials, people dedicated to proper upkeep of city dikes and flood zones. Muskrats like to burrow into embankments in addition to creating lodges similar to beavers. This tunnel network can quickly compromise the integrity of a load bearing, water barricade. Of a lesser concern, muskrats will leave their watery homes to feed on cash crops in rural settings.
As with most moderately sized nuisance animals, the best method of control is trapping and removal.
The North American Muskrat is a semi-aquatic rodent that lives in West and South West of the United States and in the Northern part of Mexico. The muskrat lives on land and on water. It can make a burrow that is made on top of the water with an entrance that is beneath the burrow, but these are not part of a dam system. Muskrats will also make their huts out of reeds on marshy banks or burrow into the mud of the actual bank. Muskrats have the amazing ability to hold their breath for up to 15 minutes underwater, but do not like to build their burrows near places where the water level changes drastically. This makes the banks of ponds, small lakes, marshes, swamps and rivers especially likely home for the muskrat. The muskrat’s breeding season lasts from late spring to early summer and following a month of gestation, the female muskrat will give birth to a litter of two to six young. Muskrats become weaned from their mother in about a month to a month and a half and will become sexually mature in six to seven months.