The Q&A Archives: Discouraging Muskrats From Eating Perennials

Question: We have planted native perennials on our shoreline which are being eaten by a muskrat. It eats mainly the buds, blossoms, and stems, not the foliage. It is not too fussy on the types of plants it eats (coneflowers, black-eyed susans, bergomat are just a few examples). Is there any way to discourage muskrats without trapping them?

Answer: You might be able to fence it out of selected areas to protect the plants; a naturalist or animal control expert might be able to suggest the optimum fence design but I would expect a small heavy mesh partly buried undeground and splayed outward to deter digging (by muskrats or others) would work the best.

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