Muskrat Damage on Your Shoreline?
Have you wondered about the mysterious sunken-in area near your shoreline?
Is it a nascent sinkhole? A wrinkle in the tectonic plates? A landing pad for UFOs?
Close. Most likely, it’s where muskrats have burrowed into your property, and where their burrows have collapsed.
They enter your yard or hillside through your shoreline, and tunnel inland. Once they’ve found all the buried treasure they’re interested in, they vacate the burrows, which usually collapse sooner or later. You probably only notice the burrows once you see the sunken-in areas. At that point, the muskrats are probably gone and you’re left scratching your head as to what caused the damage – and how to prevent it from happening again.
The solution is to install a riprap shoreline with a layer of wire mesh between the riprap stones and filter-fabric layer underneath. This combination of fortification can stand up to muskrats and other pesky creatures (and to Mother Nature and Father Time). Only that can prevent them from digging into your shoreline and into your property.