Muskrat Control

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Often mistaken for beavers, muskrats are found in bodies of water and are vital to the ecosystems of natural water sources. Muskrats feed on the wetland creatures that take up space from waterbirds and cattails, making them very important to the wildlife balance in these areas. However, when found near man-made bodies of water, they can be very pesky burrowers, and that can be reason enough to look into muskrat control services. They often burrow around at night, feeding on water plants as much as they can. Their digging can ruin close by infrastructures and cause countless additional hazards.

While muskrats are often the prey of avid hunters, DIY muskrat traps can be very dangerous, ineffective, and sometimes even illegal. By letting the professionals at Trutech handle all of your muskrat control and removal needs, you can ensure a humane, safe, and diligent removal of these creatures. After all, they do so much to sustain the wetlands of our earth. Whether you are searching for muskrat removal, trapping, or control services, you can be confident that you are doing it in the most environmentally sensitive way when you use Trutech.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Trutech for our expert muskrat removal services. Our professionals are here to help your family keep these pests from burrowing around, causing flooding, and spreading diseases. When you trust Trutech to handle all of your wildlife removal services, you are getting the most thorough service. Don’t wait any longer– call Trutech today.

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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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