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Muskrat Removal Dayton Ohio
Muskrats are the most common aquatic nuisance in Dayton Ohio. Common complaints we receive about muskrats include: Muskrats in pond, Muskrat damaging pond, Muskrat Removal, Muskrat Control, Muskrat damage to pond. Muskrats are a sub-aquatic mammal, which means they live both in the water and on land. They create financially devastating damage to ponds and impoundments through their burrowing habits. In order to create a den the muskrat digs an underwater entrance which overtime will cave in, and can eventually lead to the pond levee leaking and or falling completely. A muskrat infestation should never be ignored.
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Muskrats are found through out the state of Ohio, in and along water ways, ponds, rivers and streams. Populations are densest along major bodies of water.
Muskrats have two coats of hair. The thick fur undercoat keeps the muskrats warm in winter, and the outer coat is made up of long, shiny waterproof hairs. The muskrat's fur is a dark brown that gets lighter around its throat. The tail is long, flattened, and nearly hairless, making it a perfect rudder for swimming.
They typically eat aquatic vegetation, a few terrestrial plants, clams, frogs, crayfish, and fish. Their private dining rooms are made from weeds and plants and are built on top of floating rafts of reeds.
Females normally produce one to five litters per year, with each litter containing four to seven young. That’s up to 35 young a year! Gestation lasts 22 to 39 days and young are born throughout the year. The females will often breed while still nursing. Young are born three to four weeks after breeding and are born hairless. Only two weeks after birth the young muskrats have fur and are able to swim. They are able to take care of themselves within a month and are on their own.
Muskrats are large freshwater rodents that look very much like a beaver, but are actually related to mice and rats. This is where they get the second part of their name, because their tail looks like that of a rat. The first part of their name comes from the strong-smelling odor, or musk, that the muskrat produces during mating season and to mark its territory. Muskrats have had many names given to them over the years: marsh rabbit, mud cat, mud beaver, and the Algonquin Indian tribe called it musquash. Swimming is what muskrats do best. They can swim up to speeds of two to three miles per hour. It would take an Olympic swimmer to catch up with them! Muskrats spend much of their time sleeping during the day and slip into the water in the evening. They dive underwater for food, or in search of vegetation for their lodges.