WHAT ARE MUSKRATS?

Muskrats are small semi-aquatic rodents with glossy brown fur and a hairless tail. The muskrat gets its name from its rat-like appearance and a musky odor produced by its scent glands. Muskrats are excellent swimmers and love water. They build their dens in or alongside ponds or stream banks. Floating pieces of cattails or duckweed on the surface of the water are key indicators of muskrat feeding. Eroded shorelines are also another sign of muskrat activity. Muskrats are about 1-2 feet in length and weigh around 2-5 pounds.

Muskrats feed primarily on the aquatic plants surrounding their dens, such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweeds. They will also eat snails, frogs, and fish.

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 with several chambers in banks or lodges in the water. They are excellent burrowers, which makes them problematic animals.

The breeding season for muskrats occurs from April to September.  A muskrat can produce up to 5 litters a year, with 1-11 young in each litter. Baby muskrats are born only 30 days after the gestation period and are on their own in 3-4 weeks.

Muskrat in Cage

Don't Let Muskrats Invade Your Pond!

Don't Let Muskrats Invade Your Pond!

HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MUSKRATS?

Muskrats do not attack people, but they cause more damage than any other animal 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 discovery.

HOW TO GET RID OF MUSKRATS?

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    Muskrat Removal & Trapping

    Advanced Wildlife Control is one of the few animal control companies that handle muskrats. Our wildlife specialists use a combination of traps and baits to effectively remove any muskrats from your pond and property. Our company believes in humane animal control, but unfortunately, we can not relocate muskrats. They are one of the few animals we have to humanely euthanize when caught.

Muskrat in a Cage

Muskrats feed primarily on the aquatic plants surrounding their dens, such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweeds. They will also eat snails, frogs, and fish.

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 with several chambers in banks or lodges in the water. They are excellent burrowers, which makes them problematic animals.

The breeding season for muskrats occurs from April to September.  A muskrat can produce up to 5 litters a year, with 1-11 young in each litter. Baby muskrats are born only 30 days after the gestation period and are on their own in 3-4 weeks.

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