Swamps make up a significant portion of the landscape in Plaquemine, LA. As such, pests like alligators and nutria are attracted to the area. While alligators are most commonly found near rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, they also wander onto private properties. The pests sometimes nest in swimming pools and decorative ponds, and their proximity to people is dangerous because they have powerful jaws and can deliver deadly injuries. Nutria are problematic because of their burrowing, which can undermine the structural integrity of homes, roadways, and manmade dams.