Located near New Orleans, Gretna, LA, has large populations of urban pests. Raccoons and squirrels are opportunistic feeders that live near humans to access the garbage, pet food, and bird seed they often leave outside. These pests make dens under porches and in barns, attics, or chimneys where they can cause issues for Gretna residents. Squirrels gnaw on wires, siding, and vent pipes, while raccoons may carry rabies or fight with pets. Local bats and pigeons also use attics, as well as eaves, vents, and ducts for shelter. Droppings from large flocks of the pests can pile up quickly, attract insects, and grow fungi that cause histoplasmosis in humans.