How to Get Rid of Muskrats in Lakes, Ponds & Gardens



Muskrats are a species of semi-aquatic rodents found in marshes, swamps, and other wetlands around the world. They look similar to beavers but are smaller, with a long, skinny tail that’s flat on the side and lack orange incisors.

This story will teach you how to get rid of muskrats in your pond or garden, what methods to use, and will discuss why keeping the muskrat population under control is beneficial for your pond, as well as the environment.

Where Do Muskrats Live?

Muskrats have naturalized in many parts of the world and are native to North America. They are commonly found in wetlands, ranging from swamps and marshes to rivers and lakes. 

What Attracts Muskrats

Muskrats are attracted to two things: a reliable food source and a safe place for their den. So if you live by a lake, a swamp, a canal, or a river, or if you have a pond in your backyard, you can expect muskrats to find their way into your garden.

Wondering If Muskrats Are Bad for Ponds?

Yes. Muskrats can cause severe damage to ornamental ponds and lakes by burrowing into the banks to build their dens.

Are Muskrats Dangerous?

Muskrats are afraid of  people and don’t typically attack you unless they’re threatened or captured. However, they can be particularly aggressive when they have baby muskrats (or kits) in the den.

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