Muskrats are rabbit sized, brown-furred, semi-aquatic rodents that inhabit most of the United States near wetlands, lakes, rivers, and ponds. They are found throughout North Carolina, including Lake Norman, NC. Muskrats are most active at night and eat mainly plant materials. They are a non-aggressive animal that avoids humans. Muskrats, like beavers, build their homes in water. They are about half the size of a beaver, and have a narrow, hairless, rat-like tail.
Muskrats become a nuisance to humans and can cause considerable damage when they feed on cash crops, vegetable gardens, lawn grass, and ornamental vegetation. For those near Lake Norman with lake access, ponds, or waterways on their property, muskrats can dig deep burrows in the banks which can cause structural damage and collapse. They can also severely damage levees and dams with their burrows and tunnels.
Muskrats can also transmit bacterial diseases such as Tularemia and Tyzzer’s. Humans can contract the diseases by handling infected carcasses.
The most effective way to remove muskrats from your Lake Norman property is to call Animal Solutions, a professional wildlife removal service. Muskrats are hard to catch and very resilient. We have the proper tools to catch and relocate the animals quickly and safely.
Muskrats are prolific breeders, so if you suspect their presence on your Lake Norman property, call us for muskrat removal in Lake Norman, NC right away before their population grows.