Wildlife Removal Services
Critter Control is here for you every step of the way in the wildlife removal process. From inspection to removal—and even exclusion and repair—we have the services you need to get rid of raccoons, rodents, and other nuisances fast. First, we identify the animal on the property, then use humane methods to remove the animal and secure weak points where more could enter. If damages exist, we can make those repairs for a complete restoration.
Wildlife Problems in New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA, has a significant wildlife pest problem. Warm winters and humid summers allow the animals to thrive, while urban expansion and frequent flooding drive wildlife into residential areas. Locals regularly encounter bats, squirrels, raccoons, rats, snakes, and opossums in their yards or homes.
We have a lot of bats in New Orleans and all across Louisiana, like the big brown bat, Brazilian free-tailed bat, eastern pipistrelle bat, eastern red bat, evening bat, hoary bat, Northern yellow bat, Rafinesque's big-eared bat, Seminole bat, silver-haired bat, and the Southeastern bat.
Bats need shelter. If you have a home with an attic or a barn with a tall ceiling, you have the ideal spot. If you already have a bat problem, you know they can be loud, and their waste is smelly and toxic. Because bats carry rabies and other diseases, it is never a good idea to try and remove bats by yourself. Instead, call our professionals.
Inspection: We know the exact bat signs to look for when inspecting your property, including water and food sources, as well as the more obvious housing areas.
Removal: Critter control has custom-made cones we insert at entry points that allow the bats to fly out of your structure but do not let them return. We also have special gloves made for bat removal that protect us from bat scratches or bites.
Repair: Repair of bat damage includes cleaning and sanitizing all areas damaged by bat feces with toxins that can make you sick. We also seal entry points and help you eliminate night lights, food, and water sources that attract bats.
Squirrels cause a lot of problems for New Orleans residents. The pests feed on several kinds of plants and nuts and may damage pecan or fruit trees. A squirrel will also use power lines and branches to access homes. These rodents are capable of chewing through rotted fascia boards and plastic vent covers to get into attics or crawl spaces.
Inspection- Gnaw marks on, in, or around your home. Small openings to attics or the crawl space. Droppings. Debris like nuts or nesting materials.
Trapping & Removal - Live trapping, deterrents, one-way doors.
Repairs- exculsion services focus on repairing entry points. Removing debris, repairing nest sites, decontaminating droppings and urine.
Rodent Pest Control
The most common rodents in New Orleans are the house mouse, the Norway rat, and the roof rat. All three are called "commensal" rodents because they "feed at the same table with people. Proximity to water and buildings with plenty of entry holes allow the pests to travel freely and breed rapidly.
In homes, a mouse or rat may contaminate food with waste, spread disease, and destroy property. To effectively get rid of rats you need to control the population. Female rats can have six litters in one year. The wildlife technician will determine the best type of trap, placement of trap, and the best bait to use.
Inspection: We know the gnaw marks to look for on wires, food packaging, walls, flooring, and books. We know how to recognize items in your home being picked apart for nesting materials, as well as mice poop. We can also find entry points and food and water sources that are attracting mice or rats to your home.
Removal: We can trap rodents like mice or rats using several different methods and remove them from your home.
Repair: We have the tools to clean and sanitize areas of your home affected by rats or mice. We can help you implement exclusion methods that will deter mice from your property in the future. We can rodent-proof all entry points, even the small ones that may escape your notice. We can also get rid of trash and debris on your property that attracts all types of rodents.
Raccoons are one of three animals you can hunt, trap, and kill year-round in Louisiana. If you have a raccoon in your attic, you shouldn't shoot it. Raccoons like to take up residence in your attic and crawlspaces, and they don't mind damaging your roof, deck, or the home's structure in the process.
Our method for raccoon removal starts with an inspection.
Inspection: Raccoons are smart, and they can climb. Those two traits alone are why you need a professional inspection for raccoon damage. We know how to find raccoon evidence, like footprints, claw marks, poop, and wood damage. We then move forward with a removal plan.
Removal: We use a custom trapping system to remove raccoons from your property. Because raccoons can carry diseases, we don't take chances with your safety. If we must exterminate a raccoon, we ensure they do not suffer. We have all the proper licenses and permits required in Louisiana. If trapped, we can relocate the raccoon to a different area if the local wildlife team gives us the go-ahead. Then, repairs can begin.
Repair: We have seen various damages caused by raccoons. Some of the most common repairs we make include replacing wood, cleaning, sterilizing the area where they lived, and sealing all entry points.
A big part of raccoon removal involves exclusion methods or preventing them from coming onto your property, including lights, sounds, smells, and disposal of trash and debris.
If a snake has entered your home, it is likely looking for food. A snake in the house is a sign of other wildlife pest issues. Removing the snake’s food source is the ideal way to remove a snake.
Louisiana has over 45 different types of snakes, but only seven species, including cottonmouths and coral snakes, are venomous. Occasionally, a snake will hide out under a porch, seek out a cool, shady garage, or camouflage itself in tall grass, startling unwary homeowners. While they are typically not aggressive, these reptiles will bite when threatened or injured.
Inspection- snake skins, snake droppings, odor,
Trapping & Removing- Live traps and direct capture are effective methods. Most non-venomous snakes are protected from killing. Eliminating any prey species and sealing potential entry points help keep snakes from re-entering your home.
It's not unusual to see an opossum around New Orleans houses, either. Opossums are active at night and spend most of their time raiding garbage cans for food. The pests also dig up soft garden soil in search of grubs and other insects.
Nutria in Louisiana has a bounty on their heads to encourage more harvesting of this destructive, web-footed, bucktooth, oversized rodent. They are semi-aquatic so living in the Lafayette area is a dream come true for nutria, but not for property owners.
Nutria can chew on roots of plants that hold wetland soil together. Around your home, they like to chew on the roots of trees, plants, and crops. This can mean the ground your home sits on is unstable. Here's how we can help.
Inspection: We conduct a thorough search of your property to look for signs of nutria, including holes in your yard, banks, and ditches. You may already have noticeable shifts in the ground or your home's foundation.
Removal: Louisiana requires a hunting license and notification to the local parish if we will be hunting nutria at night. We are allowed to use water set traps and firearms for removal purposes.
Repair: We can assess your yard and home damage and connect you with local resources who can make repairs that we can't. We have many exclusion and prevention methods we can set into place, however, like fencing, deterrents, and repellent sprays.
Wildlife in New Orleans FAQ
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in New Orleans?
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 these urban environments. 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.
COMMON WILDLIFE ISSUES IN THIS LOCATION
- Animal Damage
- Animal Droppings
- Animal Noises
- Animal Odor Removal
- Animal Tracks in Yard
- Animals on the Roof
- Animals Under Homes & Porches
- Bats in Homes
- Bats in the Attic
- Carcass Removal from Homes
- Chimney Repairs
- Dead Animal Removal
- Humane Animal Trapping
- Mice in Walls & Attics
- Raccoon Trapping
- Raccoons in Attic
- Rats in Walls & Attics
- Seal Animal Entry Points in Homes
- Skunk Control
- Skunk Trapping
- Skunks Under Heating Units
- Squirrel Trapping
- Squirrels in Attics
- Squirrels in Homes
- Venomous Snake Removal
- House Finches
- Norway Rats
- Pack Rats
- Prairie Dog
- Stinging Insects
- Yellow Jackets
Serving the following locations:
By County: Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Saint Bernard Parish, Saint Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish,
- City of Gretna
City of New Orleans
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (504) 226-5526