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From: Scott Wallenberg
West Chicago, IL
will putting 1/2 bar of soap &/or mothballs into muskrat holes/dens help get them to leave small 4 acre subdivision pond?

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
No. If muskrats are there it means the area provides suitable food, water, and cover (shelter from weather and predators) for them to survive. If you want to rid the pond of muskrats they will need to be trapped out. But keep in mind that if the habitat remains, eventually other muskrats will move in. If the muskrats that are currently there are not causing property damage, the best bet is to leave them where they are. If you are interested in trapping them, you can find a list of nuisance wildlife control operators on the 'Find a Professional' page of this website. If you have more questions about muskrats feel free to e-mail me.

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