Michigan Muskrat Removal Company
Muskrat Trapping Services
Nuisance Muskrat Problems
In Michigan muskrats live in ponds, rivers, streams, and ponds. Muskrats generally eat vegetation like weeds and cattails. Sometimes they will even eat small fish and frogs.
Muskrats burrow into walls of ponds creating caving, sliding, and erosion. They also destroy vegetation in home owners ponds. We have found muskrats living in coy ponds eating fish and destroying pumps and heaters.
Muskrat Problem Solvers
Muskrats are easily trapped in colony traps or live traps on land. Green apples and bird seed often work the best to lure the muskrats into the traps.
How to Get Rid of Muskrats?
We once received a call from a homeowner with a single muskrat creating damages to their coy pond. The muskrat was eating the fish, eating the bird seed, and destroying the pond heater. We set a colony trap inside the pond and a live trap on land where the muskrat was eating the bird seed. We removed seeds from the bird feeder and filled the trap full of seeds and apples. Within one day the muskrat was in the trap.
- Reduce Attractants: Muskrats typically feast on vegetation, so they live in areas that are rich in these types of foods. If there isn't a food source for the muskrats, they may move on by themselves. Here are some plants muskrats like to chow on: arrowhead, pond weeds, cattail, sedges, ferns, water lilies, rushes, and willow. If you can remove these this may force them out.
- Identify Where they are Living: Muskrats cause great damage by, burrowing in river banks, retaining walls, and dams. By identifying areas such as muddy water, muskrat runs, muskrat burrows, mudslides, and food remains you will be on your way to a successful muskrat removal plan.
- Trapping: This is the best method for removal. The use of live traps, body grips, and colony traps are the best way to get rid of muskrats from your river, lake, stream or pond. The best baits include bird seed and apples.
- Fencing: This is more in depth approach to keeping muskrats out. You will need 1" hardware cloth and need to dig down at least 3 feet underground to keep them from burrowing. This method is best used to keep muskrats out of ponds and other waterways.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Muskrats?
Muskrat trapping is the best and really only method to get rid them. We use colony traps allowing us to capture many muskrats at once. Charging for muskrat trapping is much like trapping raccoons, squirrels, or skunks. We charge a set up fee/inspection to come out to your home to survey the property and strategically set traps. Depending on the location of your home you may expect to pay an inspection fee of $150-$200. Typically for muskrats we charge a per animal cost or we may charge a per trip charge. Per animal cost could be anywhere from $100-$150 depending on the placement of the traps and location of your property. Trip charges depend on the location of your property. This is the method we usually use for Muskrats. This cost is usually cheaper than the initial service call. For a free detailed quote click on the free price quote button.
Disclaimer: At Michigan Wildlife Solutions, LLC we reserve the right to turn some trapping jobs down. During our exclusion seasons or other busy times, we reserve the right to not take on any animal trapping jobs. Like most companies these days we are short on staff. It takes a dedicated full time animal trapper to remove many nuisance wildlife from homes and properties. Wildlife life do not operate on a 9-5 schedule during the week. We have to have someone available 7 days a week in order to provide the best and most humane services possible We also must adhere to strict laws and guidelines provided by the DNR. Please reach out to us 7 days a week to see if we have an animal trapper in your area.
We service over 14 counties in Michigan for muskrat removal jobs. See our service area to see if we are in your area. Looking for a professional wildlife control expert specializing in the muskrat removal process, but not sure who to hire? Click here for information on hiring a wildlife control expert.
If you have have a Muskrat problem and you live in Michigan we service you. Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia,Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Otisville, Swartz Creek,Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford,Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland. For more areas we service visit our locations page.
Other Nuisance Wildlife We Service
In Michigan we come encounter with many types of bat removal jobs. Bat control, bat extermination, bat pest control are our specialties in Michigan. We service many types of residential and commercial buildings. Residential homes ranging from ranches, colonial, bungalow, gable style, log cabins and many more. Some commercial properties we have got rid of bats in are churches and a commercial building with office spaces.
Beavers in Michigan can be a nuisance to humans, properties, forestry, and farmlands. Beavers create dams in Michigan properties near rivers and lakes. It is important to capture all nuisance beavers by trapping either using a leg hold method or into a live trap. Beavers will chew down your trees creating great damage. Often there are floods along the banks of rivers and lakes and even into your yard. Floods into the Michigan homes have sometimes come from the dams of beavers. Beavers are considered the largest rodent in North America. They live in aquatic environments and build there dams (living areas) out of logs, sticks and whatever else they can find. They have large teeth and use them to saw down trees and branches.
Birds in Michigan can sometimes cause more damage than any nuisance wild animal. There nest are filled with bacteria and fungi. There are several diseases associated with bird nest material. Just like with bat guano you can contract histopoplasmosis when inhaling the airborne spores of the nest. The birds we generally deal with that give problems to homeowners and industrial buildings are pigeons, chimney swifts, starlings, sparrows, swallows and wood peckers.
Coyotes in Michigan are from the canid family and generally live in dens created with leaves, sticks, and other materials. Coyotes are carnivorous and prey on rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickens and other small animals. Coyotes will prey on larger animals like deer in packs. If there is no food present coyotes will scavenge on dead animals.
Just like coyotes, Fox in Michigan are from the canine family. They live in dens usually left open from other wild animals. Fox are predators and prey on chickens, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small animals. 2 types of fox in Michigan are usually spotted, the grey and red fox.
In Michigan we take care of nuisance groundhogs or woodchucks. You will find groundhogs in open plains or digging holes and living underground. Groundhogs in Michigan are found living under decks, in rock walls, and in hills. Groundhogs have rounded claws used for digging. Groundhogs are vegetarians and eat plants, grass, flowers, and other vegetation.
Poison Free Mice Control
The most common problem we deal with in Michigan are field mice. Mice are mainly nocturnal rodents but can also be found during the day. Mice love to live underneath insulation and burrow tunnels through out your attic. Mice can fit through 1/4" holes making construction gaps on your roof gateways to your attic.
In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young in. They have long prehensile tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. We sometimes find them in attics but that isn't generally the case here in Michigan. They need a decent size opening to enter into the attic.
In Michigan we offer wild animal control services such as how to Get Rid of Raccoon's: Raccoon Removal, raccoon control, and raccoon damage control; including attic decontamination and insulation removal.
Have you been hearing scratching sounds, loud banging or walking around in the walls or attic of your home or business in Michigan? If so, you may have a raccoon problem!
Skunks in Michigan are recognizable with their black and white stripes. Generally skunks live under deck and porches. Skunks also dig holes and create dens underground. Skunks feast on grubs and other insects below your soil. Also skunks get into garbage's scavenging for food. Skunks are near sighted animals and use their sense of smell to maneuver around. Skunks will spray an unbearable odor out their anus up to 10 feet if they feel threatened. A warning sign skunks feel threatened is by stopping their feet and raise their tail. If this happens, back away slowly.
There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Most squirrels are diurnal but the flying squirrel is nocturnal. They fly through the trees at night so they can avoid hawks, eagles, and other flying predators. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. They like to gnaw on treated wood because of the salt in the wood. They live mostly in trees and underground. They make nesting material out of leaves and sticks.