Muskrat on a lawn - Muskrat Removal


Muskrats, with their burrowing habits and voracious appetite for vegetation, can become significant nuisances in residential areas, especially near water bodies. Their activities can cause a range of issues, from structural damage to landscape destruction. Professional muskrat removal is essential to safeguard your property and maintain environmental balance.

1. Health and Safety Concerns

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

2. Preventing Property Damage

Muskrats dig extensive burrow systems, which can undermine the structural integrity of pond banks, levees, and other water features. Early intervention and muskrat removal are crucial to prevent costly repairs and maintain the stability of your property.

3. Protecting Landscaping and Vegetation

Muskrats feed on aquatic plants and can decimate your landscaping efforts. Removing these animals ensures your garden and water features remain intact and aesthetically pleasing.


At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we offer reliable muskrat control services designed to protect your property and keep your environment in balance. Here’s how we can help you manage muskrat problems effectively:

  • Humane Muskrat Control Methods: Our team employs humane techniques to manage muskrats, ensuring the animals are treated ethically while effectively resolving your problem. We prioritize the well-being of the muskrats alongside our clients’ satisfaction.

  • Comprehensive Site Inspections: We perform thorough inspections to detect 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: Once the immediate muskrat problem is resolved, we take steps to protect your property from future muskrat 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 utilize 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: Recognizing that each muskrat situation is unique, we create individualized management plans to address your specific needs. Our tailored strategies ensure that the solutions we provide are both effective and long-lasting.


At Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management, we tackle the unique challenges posed by muskrats with a comprehensive plan that includes meticulous 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 visitors? Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Management is ready to handle any wildlife or pest issue you may face:

All-Inclusive Wildlife Management
Whether it’s raccoons rummaging through your trash or squirrels nesting in your attic, we handle all wildlife issues with expertise. Our humane relocation techniques ensure that animals are safely and responsibly moved away from your property.

Advanced Insect Control
Whether it’s a termite infestation or ants invading your kitchen, our specialized insect control solutions are designed to keep your home free from these pests. We implement targeted strategies to effectively eliminate and prevent insect issues.

Comprehensive Rodent Control
If mice or rats are invading your home, our efficient rodent control techniques will swiftly and thoroughly remove these pests, ensuring your living spaces remain rodent-free for the long term.


Muskrat hanging out outside 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 primarily nocturnal, so spotting them swimming at dusk or dawn is a key indicator. You might also notice 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 stand out in muskrat pest control by employing humane and advanced techniques tailored to meet each client’s unique requirements, ensuring effective and ethical muskrat management.

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

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

Absolutely. Ensuring the safety of your family and pets is our top priority. Our eco-friendly muskrat control methods are designed to be safe and transparent, and we keep you informed every step of the way.

We offer expert guidance on maintaining your property, such as installing protective barriers around valuable trees and managing vegetation to deter muskrat activity, to help ensure muskrats do not return.

Why Choose Bobcat Wildlife & Pest Control

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

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