Muskrat roaming in a lawn - Muskrat Removal


Muskrats, known for their burrowing and appetite for vegetation, can become troublesome in residential areas, especially near water. Their activities can lead to various problems, including structural damage and landscape destruction. Professional muskrat removal is essential to protect your property and maintain ecological balance.

1. Health and Safety Concerns

Muskrats can harbor diseases and parasites that pose health risks to humans and pets. Prompt removal is vital to safeguard your family’s health and well-being.

2. Preventing Property Damage

Muskrats create extensive burrow systems that can undermine the structural integrity of pond banks, levees, and other water features. Early intervention is crucial to avoid costly repairs and ensure the stability of your property.

3. Protecting Landscaping and Vegetation

Muskrats feed on aquatic plants, which can devastate your landscaping efforts. Removing these animals helps keep your garden and water features intact and visually appealing.


At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we provide dependable muskrat control services to protect your property and maintain ecological balance. Here’s how we can help you manage muskrat issues effectively:

  • Humane Muskrat Control Methods: Our team uses humane techniques to manage muskrats, ensuring the animals are treated ethically while effectively addressing the problem. We prioritize both the well-being of the muskrats and the satisfaction of our clients.

  • Comprehensive Site Inspections: We conduct thorough inspections to identify signs of muskrat activity, such as piles of reeds on the shoreline, tunnels, holes, and disturbances along the water bank. Our experts meticulously search for these indicators to accurately assess the situation.

  • Effective Preventative Measures: After resolving the immediate muskrat issue, we implement measures to protect your property from future activity. We recommend installing wire barriers at least three feet high around valuable trees, maintaining a one-foot clearance around the trunks to prevent damage.

  • Eco-Friendly Techniques: We use environmentally responsible methods to ensure the safety of your family and minimize the impact on the local ecosystem. Our solutions are designed to be effective while preserving the natural balance of your surroundings.

  • Tailored Muskrat Management Plans: Understanding that each muskrat situation is unique, we develop customized management plans to address your specific needs. Our tailored strategies ensure that our solutions are both effective and long-lasting.


At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we address the unique challenges posed by muskrats with a comprehensive plan that includes detailed inspections, humane removal practices, and proactive preventive strategies. Each stage of our process is carried out with careful attention to detail, ensuring that your home remains secure and free from muskrat disturbances.


Encountering other unwanted wildlife or pest issues? Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management is equipped to handle a wide range of challenges:

All-Inclusive Wildlife Management
Whether raccoons are searching through your trash or squirrels are nesting in your attic, we effectively handle all kinds of wildlife issues. Our humane relocation methods ensure animals are safely and responsibly moved from your property.

Advanced Insect Control
Whether it’s termites causing damage or ants invading your kitchen, our specialized insect control solutions are designed to keep your home pest-free. We use targeted strategies to eliminate and prevent insect infestations effectively.

Comprehensive Rodent Control
If mice or rats have infiltrated your home, our efficient rodent control techniques will swiftly and thoroughly remove these pests. We ensure your living spaces remain rodent-free, providing long-term peace of mind.


Muskrat in a small pond near a lawn

Muskrats can be elusive, but several signs can indicate their presence. Recognizing these indicators is essential for effective muskrat management. Watch for the following signs:

1. Distinctive Behaviors

Muskrats are often active at dusk or dawn. Look for muskrats swimming in ponds or streams and chewing on aquatic vegetation.

2. Signs of Damage

Muskrats are known for creating burrows and feeding on plants. Look for holes along pond banks or riverbanks, and damage to aquatic plants. These signs can indicate muskrat presence and potential problems.

3. Tracks and Slides

Muskrat tracks feature webbed hind feet and smaller front paws. You may also notice well-worn paths, or “runways,” leading from water to feeding areas. These tracks and trails are evidence of muskrats moving between their burrows and feeding sites.


  • Damage of Property

  • Water Backup

  • Tree Damage

  • Man-Made Dam Failure

Frequently Asked Questions

We excel in muskrat control by using humane and advanced methods tailored to each client’s needs, ensuring effective and ethical muskrat management.

We prioritize quick service, usually conducting initial evaluations within 1-2 business days, depending on the season and our current schedule.

Our techniques include humane trapping and strategic habitat modifications, designed to manage muskrat populations safely and sustainably.

Absolutely. Ensuring the safety of your family and pets is our top priority. Our eco-friendly methods are designed with safety in mind, and we keep you informed at every step.

We offer expert guidance on property maintenance, such as installing barriers around important trees, managing water flow to deter burrowing, and removing food sources to prevent muskrats from returning.

Why Choose Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Control

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