Warm weather, nearby rivers, and heavy rainfall in Baker, LA, attracts many types of pests. Cotton, roof, and Norway rats often enter yards and homes to nest in attics, walls, and under porches. These rodents cause further problems when they gnaw on wires, tear up insulation, and spread diseases. Growing populations of nutria, which are large rodents, are also moving into neighborhoods across the state of Louisiana. The pests cause serious damage to homes by digging under foundations and into nearby ditches, ponds, and levees. Other local pests like armadillos and moles burrow in lawns and gardens, as well.