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Last year I caught about ten rats out of our pond because they were doing damage. I thought I had trapped them out but over the summer they dug a bunch of holes again and the water level dropped several feet. I did some scouting over the weekend and made some sets with no luck. They didn't build a house this year like they did last year so I am wondering if they are even in the pond. Is it possible that they spend the summer in our pond, dug a bunch of tunnels, and then left for the winter? Or do muskrats not do that? I might just be wasting my time with these sets if there are no rats to trap.
 

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by brothers pond is the same way. i dont know if its too shallow, or not enough food but they do vacate in the late fall.
 

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Personally, I've had miserable success trapping any numbers of rats from small ponds. I think the biggest hurdle is coming to the realization that it maybe only a couple rats making a lot of sign.
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