Muskrats

A muskrat is a small semi-aquatic rodent with dense 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. Muskrats are animals that need to be around water. They build their dens in or alongside water and feed primarily on the aquatic plants surrounding their dens, such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweeds. Occasionally, they will even eat crayfish, snails, mussels, frogs, and insects.

How Do I Get Rid of Muskrats?

Trapping muskrats is a pastime for company owner, Paul Winkelmann. We doubt there are too many people in Wisconsin that can trap muskrats like Paul can. Muskrats can cause extensive damage to customers’ shorelines which can cost them thousands of dollars to repair. We use several trapping techniques to effectively trap and remove your muskrats from your home or business. 

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

Muskrats can cause more damage than most other animals or rodents that we remove. They can single-handedly destroy an entire shoreline and erode your shore. Muskrats should be removed from your property immediately upon seeing them.

Muskrats are often found near water. They build their lodges by ponds and stream creating holes alongside them. If you see floating plants like water lilies or duckweed, that shows evidence of muskrats feeding below or around that area. Muskrats have a hand-like front foot and an elongated hindfoot.

Muskrats have an extremely high reproductive rate. Breeding time occurs from April to September in the northern U.S. 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 since muskrats don’t travel that 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 is the number one issue with muskrats.

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