Virginia Muskrat Removal Techniques

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides muskrat removal services in Virginia.

Live trapping muskrat is possible, but very expensive and time consuming.  We prefer to use lethal traps when removing muskrat because of their effectiveness.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides muskrat removal, muskrat control, can get rid of mustrats, and muskrat infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Virginia Muskrat Damage & Damaged Areas

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. can help prevent muskrat damage by providing muskrat removal or get rid of muskrat in your lake or pond in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, we are here to help you.

Muskrat damage is very evident in most cases and can be very costly to repair.  Their burrows in manmade earth dams can drain the pond and require renovation of the dam.  Their dens will typically cave in on the banks of rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes.  Floating docks will float unevenly due to the removal of the insulation from the dock to create a den.  In ponds and slow moving creeks you will typically see grass floating on top of the water on the banks.  In and on top of floating docks you will find freshwater clam shells that have been eaten.  They will also leave an unsightly defecation post on docks that will leave a stain.

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Pond Drained Because Of Muskrats

Virginia Muskrat Identification

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide muskrat identification in Virginia.  If you need muskrat description, muskrat body size, muskrat average adult length, muskrat average adult weight, weight of muskrat at birth, muskrat fur color, muskrat tracks, muskrat scat or poop, or muskrat voice & sounds in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to solve your muskrat problem.

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Description: 

Water Rat

Body Size:

Males are bigger than females.

Ave. Length (Adult):  16”-25”  Tail:  7”- 11”

Ave. Weight (Adult):  2– 4 lbs.

Young at Birth:  4” long.  Blind, helpless, and naked. 

Young at 14 - 16 days:  Eyes open and able to swim.

Young at 3 - 4 weeks:  Weaned and have their own den.

Young at 6 months:  Reach adult size

Voice & Sounds: 

Squeaks, squeals, snarls, moans, and teeth chatter.

Other: 

Muskrat removals can stay under water for up to 15 minutes. 

Primarily nocturnal in urban environments.

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Virginia Muskrat Reproduction

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. considers both the time of year muskrats breed, when muskrats are born, muskrat gestation period, the number of muskrats born, muskrat weaning period, and the average reproductive age of muskrats within their respective geographic region of Virginia prior to controlling muskrats in your pond, lake, or stream in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia. 

Time of Year: (3 Times) March, April, and May

Gestation:  22 - 28 days.

Young Born:  April - June      

Number of Young Born:  4 - 7                  

Average Reproductive Age:  1

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Other Information About Muskrats In Virginia

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide removal and control of muskrats in residential and commercial ponds and lakes in Virginia.  It is not always important to know everything about muskrats, but often clients need to know other information about muskrats in Virginia.  Below is some additional information about muskrats, such as muskrat habitat, where do muskrats live, home range of a muskrat, muskrat food, muskrat habits, average life span of a muskrat, and muskrat health concerns that you may want to know.  If you live in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia and would like to know more about muskrats, please give us a call.

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Habitat

They prefer streams, rivers, ponds, marshes, and lakes.  Areas with a lot of aquatic and shoreline vegetation .

Home

Most of their homes are made in the banks of the water structure that they occupy. Lodges made out of vegetation are rare in our area. The entrance is usually just below the water level (6” - 8” Radius) and will lead to a chamber above the water line in the bank that is about 1 1/2 feet wide and 1 feet high. Their burrow leading to their den can be 10’ - 50’ in length and will typically have an air shaft leading to the surface.             

Home Range:

Within 200 yards of their den.

Food

Their diet consists primarily of vegetation. Cattails, grasses, clover, and corn are preferred.  Freshwater clams, snails, crayfish, and frogs are also part of their diet.

Habits

Primarily nocturnal in human environments.

Average Life Span

Very high mortality rate in young.  Average 1 - 4 years.

Health Concerns

Parasites:  mites, fleas, roundworms, flukes, and tapeworms.

Diseases:  abscesses, septicemia, coccidiosis, leukemia, and gallstones.  A fungus disease, tularemia, can be transmitted to humans handling muskrat removals.

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Muskrat Burrow

Virginia Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Order Rodentia Removal & Control

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide rodent control, muskrat removal, muskrat control, and muskrat pest control in Virginia. 

The muskrat can adapt to aquatic human environments easily and usually by choice.  In these environments muskrat easily adapt due to the abundance of food, shelter and the lack of predators.  Urban landscapes provide the ideal vegetation, such as landscape grasses, vegetable gardens, various flowers, etc. that muskrat will favor.  Once a muskrat has found a prevalent food source it will look for a den site that is relatively close to that food source.  Their home or burrow can be found in a high bank of the stream, pond, lake, or in a floating dock.  These burrows will have an abundance of mud, grass, and twigs that cover the sub-surface entrance.  Increases in urbanization in muskrat inhabited areas and the overpopulation of muskrat in these areas will continue to pose a threat to urban landscapes.

If you need muskrat control, muskrat removal, to get rid of muskrats, or to get rid of a muskrat infestation in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia. Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is here to help you.  Please Contact Us to help solve your muskrat problem. 

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Southern & Southwest Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologists on Staff
Roanoke, Bedford, Blacksburg, Covington, Radford, Smith Mountain Lake Areas
540-776-1769
Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg Areas
434-234-4445
Bristol, Marion, Wytheville Areas
276-200-0074

Central & Northern Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist on Staff
Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro Areas
540-520-0474
Charlottesville
434-422-4024
Richmond
804-210-3091
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Loudon, Manassas, Winchester, Washington D.C. Areas
571-308-6701

Eastern Tidewater Virginia

Cornwell's Wildlife Control, LLC
Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Sufolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown Areas
757-238-2439
 

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