How To Identify Muskrat Problems
The muskrat is the largest microtine rodent in the United States. It spends its life in aquatic habitats and is well adapted for swimming. Its large hind feet are partially webbed, stiff hairs align the toes, and its laterally flattened tail is almost as long as its body. The muskrat has a stocky appearance, with small eyes and very short, rounded ears. Its front feet, which are much smaller than its hind feet, are adapted primarily for digging and feeding.
The name muskrat, common throughout the animal’s range, derives from the paired perennial musk glands found beneath the skin at the ventral base of the tail in both sexes. These musk glands are used during the breeding season. Musk is secreted on logs or other defecation areas, around houses, bank dens, and trails on the bank to mark the area.
Muskrats are common and widespread throughout mainland Canada, Alaska, most parts of the U.S. except for Florida and the dry Southwest. Muskrats mainly nest in shallow marshes with abundant cattails and are less often found along streams or in wooded swamps. Muskrats make a lodge or home out of cattails or sedges and on occasion will make a nest in a bank burrow. Muskrat damage is a concern for any homeowner that encounters a Muskrat problem.
Muskrat entry occurs when Muskrats burrow. Burrowing may not be readily evident until serious damage has occurred.
Muskrat Control and Safety
Although a variety of trapping methods are often employed in trying to control muskrat damage, a combination of trapping and integrated pest management techniques is often the most effective means of controlling muskrats: (1) modify the habitat by removing available food (vegetation); (2) concentrate efforts to reduce the breeding population during winter months while muskrats are concentrated in overwintering habitat; and (3) use trapping in combination with the above methods.
Contact a Critter Control Muskrat Specialist
Muskrat removal and professional Muskrat prevention services should be contacted as soon as a Muskrat issue is identified. Call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837)
Muskrat Trapping and Removal
Critter Control Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your Muskrat problem. Critter Control offices have a variety of Muskrat removal techniques, that ensure the solution to your Muskrat issue. Our Critter Control Muskrat removal professionals are trained in Muskrat removal, Muskrat trapping, Muskrat control and in how to identify Muskrats and Muskrat problems and prevent future Muskrat damage.
Damage caused by muskrats is primarily due to their burrowing activity. Burrowing may not be readily evident until serious damage has occurred. Where damage is occurring to a crop, plant cutting is generally evident. In aquaculture reservoirs generally maintained without lush aquatic vegetation, muskrat runs and burrows or remains of mussels, crayfish, or fish along with other muskrat signs (tracks or droppings) are generally easy to observe.
Muskrat Problem Prevention and Repair
Upon Muskrat removal, a Critter Control Muskrat expert will assess any damage to your property and identify other potential Muskrat entry points.
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