Muskrat Removal Nashville
Muskrats are a large aquatic rodents, primarily responsible for burrowing activity along a waters edge. Damage from burrowing activity may not be clearly evident, but serious economic and environmental damage can occur as muskrats have been responsible for the collapse of levees and dams. Muskrats, often mistaken for beaver, gets its name from the musky odor produced from scent glands. Active year round and often nocturnal, they are often found around ponds, streams, lakes, and rivers or other aquatic wetlands. If you have muskrats, call us for muskrat removal in Nashville and Middle Tennessee area wide.Nashville Muskrat Removal
If you are finding multiple holes around your pond, chances are you have Muskrats. Holes dug by Muskrats can create serious problem, especially if dug into a dam, or waterway. Muskrats can even cause damage to crops or garden areas. If you think you have a Muskrat problem, call our State Certified Wildlife Specialists at Animal Pros today! We will remove the muskrats by muskrat trapping in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Common Nuisance complaints from Muskrats include:
- Muskrats digging burrows around pond.
- Muskrats digging around lake.
- Muskrat burrows are becoming a danger to my family.
- Muskrat burrows are compromising my pond dam.
- Muskrat burrows are compromising the levee.
- Muskrats are eating all the aquatic vegetation.
Muskrat Control & Management
In certain situations, immediate control and management of Muskrats is crucial for severe environmental, and commercial problems. Widespread environmental and economic loss from muskrat damage is usually beyond the scope of a local trapper, or small company, and a consultation with Animal Pros specialists is needed. Large scale trapping solutions are needed to stop damage immediately. Muskrats can wreak havoc on Commercial properties where population numbers are not properly controlled, creating large scale problems. Contact a Animal Pros specialist today for immediate assistance.
- Length: 16″-26″ plus 7″-12″ with tail
- Weight: 1-5 pounds
- Diet: Herbivorous, eating a majority of plant matter, but can consume animal matter.
- Breeding: Occurs year round.
- Gestation: 25-30 Days.
- Reproduction: 4-7 young born, 2-4 litters annually.
- Habitat: Urban and rural wetland areas including ponds, creeks, rivers, lakes, and streams.
- Legal Status: Common throughout Tennessee, and can be hunted and trapped year round according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regulations.
- Other Names: Often mistaken for Beaver. Water Rats, Water Mink, Beaver Rat, and Pond Rat.
- Interesting Facts: Muskrats give off a musky odor. Muskrats burrow on the waters edge or under banks. They can swim underwater for up to 17 minutes.
Nashville Muskrat Trapping
Animal Pros can help you with muskrat trapping in Nashville and Middle Tennessee if you have burrows next to the water’s edge of your pond, lake, creek, or drainage ditch. Lethal and nonlethal control options are available for muskrat trapping. Contact a Animal Pros specialist today for effective muskrat trapping results.
How To Remove Muskrats From Your Pond
Muskrats can quickly damage your pond and even create structural problems around your pond if problems persist, prompting quick removal of this large nuisance rodent. Live cage and lethal control trapping is the only effective way to remove muskrats. To prevent other muskrats from coming into the area, follow these steps.
- Eliminate Attractants such as aquatic vegetation.
- Identifying Damage such as holes around water’s edge, muskrat runs, and compromised dams.
- Do not seal burrows until the Muskrat is caught. This is a natural reaction to seal burrows immediately. Muskrats are natures excavators, and sealing a burrow will cause the muskrat to dig out somewhere else or at the same place creating more damage.
- Proper placement of lethal or non lethal Trap. Proper placement of a trap is key when trapping muskrats effectively. A trap improperly placed can educate a cautious muskrat to completely avoid the traps. Professional help is recommended.
- Know The Laws And Regulations. Some areas it is ok to trap a muskrat, but illegal to transport a muskrat if unlicensed through the State to do so. Know the regulations in your State, if trapping a muskrat on your own.
- Seal The Burrow or Hole. Depending on the area around the hole, will depend on how the hole is filled in. If the burrow is in your yard where grass grows, you may want to fill the hole with dirt, and then seed. If the burrow is along the water’s edge, you may want to use gravel, concrete, or bentonite clay.
How To Get Rid Of Muskrats
The most effective way of getting rid of muskrats is to contact a professional wildlife consultant at Animal Pros. Muskrats are not easily caught with over the counter traps, and there is often specialized tools utilized by professional companies to ensure capture is safe and successful. Large scale environmental and agricultural muskrat control management projects should contact a Animal Pros specialist immediately.
Muskrats are large aquatic rodents, that are spend their entire lives around water. Muskrats are omnivorous, eating a majority of aquatic vegetation, and even small fish, amphibians, crayfish, and shellfish. Their webbed feet allow them to move quickly through water, and are also propelled by their hairless tail. Muskrats are found throughout North America, and will be found in both fresh and in saltwater areas. Muskrats can have 2-3 litters per year on average, and as many as 6 litters in a given year. Geographical area and seasonal climate will vary and impact reproduction. Young can be born anytime of the year as habitat and temperature are suitable.
Muskrats are carriers of a number of different diseases, much like rodents. Bacterial, zoonotic disease, pathogens, and even rabies can be a concern if working around areas where muskrats are present, so common sense and caution should be taken. Some of the bacteria and zoonotic diseases include:
- Tyzzers Disease
- Ringworm Disease
- Ectoparasites including ticks, mites, and Endoparasites.