Muskrats

A muskrat is a small semi-aquatic rodent with glossy brown fur and a hairless tail. The muskrat gets its name from its rat-like appearance and a musky odor that is produced by its scent glands. They are animals that need to be around water. Muskrats build their dens in or alongside water and feed primarily on the aquatic plants surrounding their dens, such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweeds.

Muskrats are typically found near water. Floating pieces of cattails or duckweed on the surface of the water are key indicators of muskrat feeding. Eroded shorelines are also caused by collapsed muskrat dens built into banks or shorelines. 

Are Muskrats a Concern?

Muskrats can cause more damage than most other animals or rodents that we deal with. They can single-handedly destroy an entire pond’s shoreline with their burrowing causing thousands of dollars in property damage. Muskrats should be removed from your property immediately upon seeing them. 

Trapping muskrats is a pastime for our company owner – Paul Winkelmann. We doubt there are too many people that can trap muskrats as successfully as Paul can. We use a variety of trapping techniques and baits to effectively trap and remove muskrats from your property. 

Our goal here at Advanced Wildlife Control is to make sure your animal control problems are taken care of as quickly as possible. Therefore, we can be out at your property on the same day when you call or the next day. We do not require any contracts for our customers. 

DID YOU KNOW? – Muskrats can remain underwater for as long as 20 minutes.

Muskrats have an extremely high reproductive rate. Breeding time occurs from April to September. A muskrat can produce up to 5 litters a year with 1-11 young in each litter. The young are born only 30 days after the gestation period and are on their own in 3-4 weeks.

Muskrats are common in Wisconsin, especially where there is water. They usually inhabit wetlands with an abundant supply of aquatic vegetation because muskrats do not prefer to travel far from their den (usually only within 200 yards). Muskrats build dens full of several chambers in banks or lodges in the water. They are excellent burrowers which makes them a problematic animal.

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