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Ridding Minks & Muskrats from Your Property

Mink and muskrats are semi aquatic, fur-bearing pests that tend to cause trouble around ponds, riverbanks, lakes, and boats. Minks are powerful and aggressive mammals known to cause havoc in fisheries and within caged animal enclosures such as poultry flocks. Muskrats are rodents that cause grief when they chew through the electrical systems of boats and docks. They also weaken pond banks, reservoirs, and other water-retaining structures from their underground burrowing. Their tunneling causes leaks, floods, and can clog up drain tiles. For prompt and professional help removing bothersome wildlife, call Creature Control today.

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Aggressive Mink and Their Highly Valued Fur

Although minks are relatively small predators, weighing two- to three-and-a-half pounds with an overall length of 20 to 30 inches, they are among the world’s most powerful mammal pound-for-pound. The Tasmanian devil and the American weasel (cousin to the mink) are the only two other animals that possess comparable bite strengths. Minks belong to the Mephitidae family, which includes weasels, wolverines, and fishers. Minks are carnivores and prey on various wildlife such as shellfish, fish, eggs, frogs, snakes, small rodents, rabbits, muskrats, and waterfowl. Geese and swans are an occasional meal too. Minks have few predators because of their ferocious style of defense. Larger animals like coyotes and wolves may attempt the feat but will often give up after a few nasty bites to the face. Interestingly, the great horned owl is the mink’s biggest killer, besides humans.

Minks thrive in some extremely harsh conditions thanks to their protective fur and tenacity. Their rich, dark, chocolate brown coat is luxurious, durable, and has exceptional insulating qualities. This prized fur has resulted in mink farming throughout Europe and parts of the US. Minks are semi-aquatic animals meaning they spend roughly 50 percent of their day in the water. They are on the move day and night, looking for prey. They don’t have permanent dens and only stay in the same shelter during the spring and summer to raise their young. Often, a mink will reside for short periods in their victims' dens while they finish their feast.

Muskrats and Their Underground Burrows

Muskrats are aquatic rodents found in lakes, ponds, ditches, sewers, and other water resources. They travel through natural waterways and drainage systems, preferring cattail swamps and creek systems over open lakes. Muskrats mimic beavers and otters' habitats and physical characteristics as they are primarily vegetarians consuming various aquatic roots and bulbs and new shrub growth on land. They also feed on crayfish, mussels, turtles, frogs, and fish. Muskrats usually build their dens on steep banks, but they may also construct a home on the open water. They can reproduce up to six times per year; gestation is only 24 to 30 days. A single litter may contain up to 15 young, but four- to eight is average. Muskrats are shy and avoid contact at all costs. Because of this trait, many homeowners do not even realize they have a muskrat problem until they see obvious destruction to their property like flooding.

The muskrats' natural tendency to gnaw causes watercraft problems as they can chew through your boat and dock's electrical lines. An even more significant issue is their ability to dislodge water-retaining structures such as reservoirs and sea walls with their extensive tunneling. In building or maintaining their home, muskrats burrow only six- to 12 inches from the surface, enabling the tunnel (and ground above) to become easily collapsible. Over time, the land will erode or wash away during heavy rainfall. Homeowners are known to fall into these burrows near the water's edge. Moreover, drainage and flooding problems can result, as they clog drain tiles in agricultural areas.

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Expert Mink Trapping and Removal

Minks are callous creatures who love to hunt for sport and will kill more than needed to survive. Farmers know when they have been ravaged by a mink when their domestic poultry is neatly piled up and have one clean bite through the neck or skull. Rather than burrow themselves, minks use the underground tunnels of their prey. A multitude of diseases are carried by minks, including coronavirus. Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice can be infected and spread Lyme disease or tularemia to humans and pets.

At Creature Control, our technicians utilize the humane treatment of minks and highly recommend live trap removal and relocation. If you believe a mink is lurking about your property or hunting your livestock, contact our experts today.

Humane Muskrat Trapping Removal

Large retaining ponds are ideal habitats for muskrats, so many businesses and municipalities run into issues. The larger the pond, the higher probability of a muskrat problem, especially if there is a pump fountain. The pond’s perimeter is also susceptible to collapse due to burrowing, which can be costly to remediate over time.

Trapping muskrats is a complicated process. The best, most humane method is to inconspicuously trap them underwater where they are safely enclosed in their burrow. Our trained technicians have the proper equipment to effectively and safely catch muskrats. Even though thorough inspections can be challenging, Creature Control understands the importance of this animal to the ecosystem and strives to protect them whenever possible. For efficient and professional removal of muskrats from your property, contact the experts at Creature Control today.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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