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Muskrats

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  • These medium sized rodents are semi-aquatic, preferring to spend most of their time in the water. The fur color varies, but is generally dark brown.
  • They can be found in virtually any body of water in Washington, and their population growth can be dramatic with 15 - 20 young born per year per female on average. Historically, from 1991 to 2000, trappers harvested an annual average of 6,189 muskrats per year. The passing of Initiative 713 in 2000 (restricting trapping options) has lead to uncontrolled muskrat population growth, with proportionate increases in property damage.
  • Muskrats live in bank dens or lodges similar to beaver. Diets are primarily aquatic plants like cattails, sedges, bulrush, arrowhead, water lilies and pondweed. They will also feed on freshwater mussels, crawfish, turtles, frogs and fish if available. Crops like rice, corn, soybeans, and wheat are also on the menu when close to water habitats.
  • They are active year round and can become a formidable attacker in their own defense.
  • The priniciple problem caused by muskrats is damage caused by burrowing activity. And to make matters worse, burrowing can progress unnoticed until consequential and costly damage has already occurred.
  • Man-made embankments of all types are especially vulnerable to safety issues and property damage losses; i.e. levies, dikes, fish pond dams, golf course pond banks, storm water retention facilities, shoreline-home retaining walls, floating styroform marinas, docks and boathouses. Ornamental pond owners have had muskrats chew through expensive pond liners, and even eat the resident koi. Large boats at anchor overnight sometimes find muskrats lodged in their exhaust pipes.
  • Trey's trapping expertise can protect your property from muskrat damage, and he can advise on installing protective measures. Call Trey to remove, control and get rid of threats posed by muskrats.


Trey can trap muskrats and provide guidance on effective protective measures. Call him at 425-941-5001.