Muskrat in a lawn - Muskrat Removal

Why Control Muskrats?

Muskrats, with their burrowing behaviors and insatiable appetite for vegetation, can become serious pests in residential areas, especially near water sources. Their activities can lead to numerous problems, from structural damage to landscape destruction. Professional muskrat removal is crucial to protect your property and preserve environmental balance.

1. Health and Safety Concerns

Muskrats can harbor diseases and parasites that pose health risks to humans and pets. Prompt removal helps safeguard your family’s health and safety.

2. Preventing Property Damage

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

3. Protecting Landscaping and Vegetation

Muskrats consume aquatic plants, potentially ruining your landscaping efforts. Removing them ensures your garden and water features stay intact and visually appealing.

Muskrat Removal Services

At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we provide dependable muskrat control services aimed at protecting your property and maintaining environmental harmony. Here’s how we effectively address muskrat issues:

  • Humane Muskrat Control Methods: Our team uses humane techniques to manage muskrat populations, ensuring ethical treatment of the animals while effectively resolving your problem. We prioritize both the well-being of the muskrats and our clients’ satisfaction.

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

  • Effective Preventative Measures: After resolving the current muskrat issue, we take steps to protect your property from future muskrat activity. This involves setting up wire barriers at least three feet high around important trees, ensuring a one-foot gap around the trunks to prevent damage.

  • Eco-Friendly Techniques: We employ 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 personalized management plans to meet your specific needs. Our tailored strategies ensure that our solutions are both effective and long-lasting.

Our Muskrat Removal Process

At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we address the unique challenges posed by muskrats with a thorough approach that includes detailed inspections, humane removal techniques, and proactive prevention strategies. Each stage of our process is executed with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring your property remains secure and free from muskrat disruptions.

Dealing with More Than Just Muskrats?

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

All-Inclusive Wildlife Management
Whether it’s raccoons rummaging through your trash or squirrels nesting in your attic, our team has the expertise to manage all types of wildlife problems. We use humane relocation methods to ensure animals are safely and responsibly moved away from your property.

Advanced Insect Control
From termite infestations to ants in your kitchen, our insect control solutions are tailored to eliminate and prevent these pests effectively. Our targeted strategies are designed to keep your home free from insect invasions.

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

How to Spot Muskrat Activity

Muskrat hanging around a small pond near a lawn

Muskrats can be elusive, but several signs can reveal their presence. Recognizing these indicators is crucial for effective muskrat control. Keep an eye out for the following signs:

1. Distinctive Behaviors

Muskrats are mainly nocturnal, so spotting them swimming at dawn or dusk is a key indicator. You might also see them gnawing on vegetation near water bodies.

2. Signs of Damage

Look for burrows and tunnels along riverbanks or pond edges. Piles of reeds and disturbed water banks are clear signs of muskrat activity.

3. Tracks and Droppings

Muskrat tracks have a distinctive webbed pattern, often found near the water’s edge. You may also find droppings around their feeding areas and burrows, helping to pinpoint their activity zones.


  • Damage of Property

  • Water Backup

  • Tree Damage

  • Man-Made Dam Failure

Frequently Asked Questions

We excel in muskrat pest control by using humane and innovative techniques tailored to each client’s specific needs, ensuring effective and ethical muskrat management.

We prioritize swift service, typically conducting initial evaluations within 1-2 business days, depending on the season and our current workload.

Our approach includes humane trapping and strategic habitat modification, designed to manage muskrat populations safely and sustainably.

Absolutely. The safety of your family and pets is our top priority. Our eco-friendly muskrat control methods are safe, and we keep you informed throughout the process.

We provide expert advice on property maintenance, such as installing protective barriers around valuable trees and managing vegetation, to help prevent future muskrat activity.

Why Choose Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Control

Take Care Of Your Pest Problem Today

We service the entire Des Moines, IA metro area. Contact us today for the safe and efficient removal of your pest problem.

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