Wildlife Issues in Baton Rouge, LA
Located on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, LA, is home to several aquatic wildlife pests such as alligators and nutria.
Known for their size, speed, and strength in the water, alligators are extremely dangerous. Over 2 million of the reptilian pests reside in the area, and populations continue to rise.
Nutria, otherwise known as swamp rats or swamp beavers, are detrimental to shoreline vegetation. Their eating habits lead to the erosion of soil along coastlines. Furthermore, the pests are known carriers of rabies and rat-bite fever.
Local Franchisee: Mark Browning
Service Area: Baker, Plaquemine, Denham Springs, Avoyelles, Saint Landry, Pointee Coupee, East Feliciana, Saint Helena, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, Saint James, Assumption, West Feliciana
Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammon, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell
Q&A with Local Franchisee Mark Browning:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
New Orleans and surrounding areas have a variety of common wildlife issues we deal with regularly. It is common to receive calls for rats, mice, snakes, pigeons, armadillos, nutria, bats, raccoons, feral hogs, opossum, squirrels, moles and stinging insects.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
In the spring we deal with snakes, bats and rats. In summer brings more snakes, opossum, moles and many calls for raccoons with young in attics. Fall temperatures coincide with rodent breeding and home and business intrusion. Winter calls we see an increase in a variety of animals entering structures including rats, squirrels and bats.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
General maintenance such as a keeping the grass mowed and landscaping free of homes and businesses will prevent many wildlife issues. Rodent baiting will certainly help control rodents populations that tend to be a major problem in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas . Having a wildlife professional inspect and service home or business on a regular interval will prevent many situations and can save customers from sometimes costly intrusions.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Immediately if they suspect they have an issue. Changes in smell in home and non-working floodlighting or other types of electrical features can indicate problems. It’s not always the noise that gives away and animal intrusion. Many times we are able to prevent an intrusion and save the customer from repairs if we are called at first indication.