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A muskrat is a semi-aquatic rodent native to North America. Standing at one to two feet long, it has a stocky body with a round head. Its long, scaled, black tail measures at 7 to 12 inches and is flat, working as a rudder to help the muskrat swim. They often cause problems for people with ponds on their property because they build their nests into the banks of ponds. As a result, this causes issues with erosion over time.
If your pond has a fountain or water system installed, they tend to chew the wires of these systems, which is time-consuming and costly to replace or repair continually. They have can and will chew through the exhausts of boats, which can cause them to sink. Muskrats live in groups with the male, female, and their young.
They’re extremely territorial, and most fights between groups will end in death. It is most useful to trap muskrats out of ponds. There is no way of completely stopping them from infesting the banks of your pond; moreover, it’s best to be put on a maintenance program to ensure they are gone.
There is a three-step process to remove them from your property effectively.
- Disrupt their diet by cutting and removing vegetation that grows in and around the pond.
- Disrupt their environment by installing a system to create water movement (they typically like shallow, slow-moving water)
- Remove the muskrats from the pond by trapping. The pond banks will need additional dirt or gravel backfill.
We at Hogarth’s are specialized in the removal of muskrats. We offer trapping programs and will work with you to ensure the rodents are staying off your property. Call us today!