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While muskrats are important for their wetland plant control, they also create problems in manmade bodies of water. In states that farm rice, fish, and sea plants, losses caused by these pests often exceed $1 million per year. Furthermore, muskrats cause serious issues for homeowners around buildings, ditches, and ponds.

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Muskrats are large rodents with thick, shiny fur that ranges in color from reddish brown to dark brown. They are strong swimmers, with webbed feet and scaly tails that act like rudders. The pests can grow up to two feet long and weigh up to four pounds. They are often mistaken for beavers, though their tails are longer and skinnier.

DIET

Water plants such as cattails, rushes, sedges, and pondweeds are muskrats’ main food source. However, they’ll also eat crayfish, frogs, snails, and fish. Their feeding is vital to wetland ecosystems since it opens up nesting places for water birds and controls the spread of cattails.

HABITAT

Muskrats prefer habitats with lots of plant life and a nearby water source. Although they naturally live in marshes, they can also thrive along ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, drainage channels, and canals. Much like beavers, muskrats build dome-shaped nests called lodges out of leaves, stems, and mud. Lodges can be up to eight feet wide and five feet high.

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ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

As muskrats are rarely seen far from water, they do not usually enter houses. However, homeowners may spot them in yards around ponds or ditches. The pests are most active during the night, dusk, or morning, though during the day they may swim or bask in the sun on water banks.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Although muskrats are crucial to natural water systems, their burrowing threatens the structural integrity of human waterways like dams, canals, and retention ponds. Erosion of banks or changes in water flow can lead to serious home flooding. Muskrats’ digging may also damage the retaining walls that hold up houses, bridges, and other structures. Finally, the pests carry tularemia.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

To keep muskrats away, property owners should first try to get rid of their food sources. Remove water plants, especially on steep slopes where the pests like to build their nests. Putting fences around crops or gardens near water is another way to deny them food. However, fencing that does not extend at least 12 inches below ground will not keep muskrats away.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Traps are the most common method of muskrat removal, though they can be hazardous to users. Additionally, muskrats are game animals, so some states require trapping permits. To avoid injury and legal issues, let wildlife control specialists deal with all muskrat problems.


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