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New Orleans, LA, has a significant 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.

Wild Animal Removal

Safe, humane removal of nuisance animals and pests from your home or property.

Wildlife Pest Prevention

Reliable prevention from future animal intrusions in your home.

Animal Damage Remediation

Professional and permanent repairs to entry points and insulation. Disinfecting areas damaged by  urine and feces.

Wildlife Problems in New Orleans, LA

Bat Removal

Bats in Louisiana can be a health hazard when they shelter in and around houses. Colonies often choose sites like attics and sheds to use as roosts. The animals' droppings build up over time and develop mold. Inhaling fungal spores from bat guano puts humans at risk for histoplasmosis, a serious respiratory disease.

Inspection- Small squeaking sounds. Piles of droppings in one corner of the house. Stains on walls and strong ammonia smell.
Trapping & Removing- Generally you can only remove a bat if its in the livable part of your home. Most likely one way doors will be employed once the bats offspring have reached maturity.
Repairs- sealing entry points. Disinfecting area under roost from accumulation of guano. 

Issues with Squirrels

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.

Rat Pest Control

Rats are typical pest animals in a home. 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- Noises such as scurrying and rat or mouse droppings most prominent signs you have a rodent infestation
Trapping- Variety of traps available.
Repairs- caulking cracks, capping chimneys, installing mesh over vents.

Hungry Raccoons Removal

Comfortable living alongside humans, raccoons are common visitors in Louisiana neighborhoods. Pet bowls and trash bins all provide easy meals for these pests. Once they discover a good food source, the animals tend to stay close by, often denning beneath decks and outbuildings. A raccoon can spread several diseases, including rabies and canine distemper which affect both people and pets.

Inspection- looking for footprints in or around home, large openings, raccoon poop
Trapping & Removal- Live trapping most effective and humane
Repairs- Seal all entry points. Restore attic insultation.  Latrine disinfection and clean up.

Other New Orleans Wildlife

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.

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.

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
  • Kenner
  • Laplace
  • Metairie
  • Phoenix
  • Port Sulphur
  • Poydras
For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (504) 226-5526

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