How To Get Rid Of Muskrats

how to get rid of muskratsMuskrats are an annoyance when you have a pond on your property.  Muskrats lower the water level by constructing tunnels from the side of the pond to a ditch or by opening up veins underneath a clay base in the pond. They also attach to the tunnel they build to access their den for their family of muskrats.

There are a couple of techniques to rid you of these little civil engineers. Firstly, disrupt their diet; Muskrats’ feed on aquatic vegetation like cattails, sedges, rushes, water lilies and pond weeds. In some areas it may also eat clams, mussels, snails, crayfish, small fish and frogs.

Keeping your pond clear of the vegetation muskrats feed on such as cattails, grasses, rushes, will disrupt a muskrat’s diet. The best way to rid your pond of these emergent plants is to use Avocet & Cide Kick. Simply mix the two products together in a pond sprayer device and spray directly on the target plants. Allow 1-2 weeks for complete control. When the plants are dead take them out with a Weed Rake & Cutter. Make sure you remove the dead vegetation because it makes a great nesting area, so remove it.

Muskrats like ponds that are 4 to 6 Feet deep with still or slow-moving water. Adding depth to a pond may not be a simple. Adding an Aeration System may be a better solution. An Aeration System will provide the circulation needed to deter muskrats and also help to disrupt their diet by cutting the weed growth as well.

These are but a couple of ways to eliminate muskrats, but If you don’t want to get rid of muskrats yourself, hire a reputable muskrat removal company.