Like most parts of Louisiana, LaPlace is settled near wetlands. The climate conditions in the area attract an abundance of pests, such as opossums, nutria, and coyotes. Opossums are nocturnal scavengers. They will go through garbage and may carry parasites and diseases. Nutria eat plants along coastlines that are needed to slow erosion and can compromise the structural integrity of buildings with their burrowing. Coyotes do not usually attack humans, yet people are right to fear them. These carnivores prey on small livestock and pets, such as chickens and cats. They also dig through trash and yards and spread fleas.