We can help you get rid of nuisance wildlife problems.

Phone: (505) 892-6519

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday - On call only
24-hour emergency service is available

We proudly offer the following:

  • Free Rodent/Wildlife Inspections
  • $50.00 off rodent proofing of home
  • $50.00 off initial pest control service

Serving the Santa Fe Area.

Common Wildlife Problems in Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Squirrels

Rock squirrels in Santa Fe cause several problems with their digging. By burrowing beneath sidewalks and buildings, the rodents can lead to costly structural damage. In addition, a squirrel will unearth flowers, vegetables, and newly planted seeds while looking for meals.

Hungry Raccoons

Raccoons naturally fear people. However, offering food to these pests or leaving garbage cans uncovered teaches them to approach New Mexico homes looking for a handout. This increases the chance of an unpredictable raccoon encounter. Fish-stocked ponds may also provide an easy food source.

Noisy Bats

In Santa Fe, many bats still live in natural shelters. However, some have learned to make use of the warmth and safety offered by buildings. Attics and wall voids make good bat homes.The sound bats make by crawling around and squeaking can disturb residents. The pests also bring odor problems and health risks.

New Mexico Snake Problems

The warm weather in Santa Fe, NM, makes the city an ideal home for nearly 50 types of snakes. Snakes can often be found outdoors in the following places:

  • Stacks of firewood
  • Thick underbrush
  • Untrimmed shrubs
  • Mulched flowerbeds

Snakes may also enter holes in walls to access attics, especially if rodents are inside.

A snake will naturally try to avoid people, but may become hostile when scared or cornered. While bites from any of these pests can be painful, rattlesnakes in Santa Fe are the only local species that pose a real threat to humans.

Venomous Snakes of New Mexico

Since a snake relies on outside factors to regulate its temperature, people often spot the pests basking in the sun or retreating into shady burrows. There are two venomous species in New Mexico: the coral snake, which stays to the southwest, and rattlesnakes, which live across the state, including Santa Fe.


A rattlesnake doesn't look for trouble, but if threatened, it will strike in self-defense. The venom in a rattlesnake bite can be fatal without medical attention.

Rattlesnakes are the most common venomous snakes in Santa Fe. The noisy rattle on their tails serves as a warning for predators and gives away their presence long before the pests become visible.

Area residents should be sure to listen for this telltale hissing noise when walking in tall grasses or brush.

Rodents in Santa Fe

Rodents find advantages to living in cities and homes. Pack rats, deer mice, and roof rats all call Santa Fe home. They often attract snakes to yards, but rodents create other problems as well. These pests contaminate food, gnaw wood or wiring, and spread disease.

Several species of rats and mice carry hantavirus, but in New Mexico, deer mice are common vectors. Residents can contract the virus by coming into contact with mouse droppings. However, even if these pests aren't carrying diseases, they still cause the same damage as other rodents.

Pack Rats

There are several types of woodrats, also called pack rats, in Santa Fe, NM. While these pests prefer wooded, dark places, they may also find wall voids, attics, and basements inviting. Pack rats are easy to identify by their large, filthy nests made from plants and waste.

Pack Rat Dangers
Most reported U.S. cases of plague occur in the New Mexico area thanks to rodents like pack rats in Santa Fe. These pests can host the infected fleas that spread this serious illness. In addition, a pack rat will contaminate food with its feces and urine. Direct contact with waste can cause a variety of diseases such as leptospirosis and salmonellosis.


The dry climate and sparse rainfall mean homeowners deal with plenty of centipedes in Santa Fe, NM. A centipede prefers damp conditions away from the sun and will often rest under a rock or log. However, the pests also seek out moist areas in homes. Upon discovering these strange-looking pests in bathtubs or under sinks, many residents' first reaction is panic.

Centipedes in Santa Fe Homes
Residents may find centipedes in their bathrooms and kitchens or under rocks in yards. Desert centipedes in Santa Fe have painful bites that cause swelling and redness. Fortunately, bites from these pests, or from the smaller, more common house centipede, rarely require medical care.

Pest Control Services

We offer traditional pest controls services for ants, bed bugs, centipedes, cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, stinging pests, and other insects.

Q&A with Local Franchisee Ryan Swinney

What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Mice, Pack Rats, Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels, Pocket Gopher and Bats.

How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
During the winter season wildlife activity slows down but mice and rat activity does not.

What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Odors, droppings and property damage.

Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Clean up debris spilled by feeding birds. If you have compost piles, they encourage animal activity.

When should homeowners call Critter Control?
When they're unable to manage animal issues, or are concerned with family, investments and health.

With over 30 years of experience, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife control company. At Critter Control of Santa Fe, we're skilled at dealing with many of New Mexico’s most bothersome pest animals. Whether you need to remove raccoons, squirrels or bats from your attic, or get rid of rats and mice that are damaging your property, you can trust Critter Control to get the job done safely, effectively and humanely.



  • Animal Damage
  • Animal Droppings
  • Animal Noises
  • Animal Odor Removal
  • 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


Residential Services

We provide trapping & removal services for the following types of animals:


  • Ants
  • Bats
  • Bed Bugs
  • Centipedes
  • Chipmunks
  • Cockroaches
  • Gopher
  • Ground Squirrels
  • Mice
  • Pack Rats
  • Pigeons
  • Rats
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Rodents
  • Roof Rats
  • Scorpions
  • Skunks
  • Spiders
  • Vulture


Serving the following locations:

By County: Bernalillo County, Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County, Santa Fe County, San Miguel County, Sandoval County, Taos County and Valencia County

  • Cebolla
  • Cochiti
  • Edgewood
  • Eldorado
  • Espanola
  • Galisteo
  • Glorieta
  • Lamy
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Alamos
  • Madrid
  • Nambe
  • Pecos
  • Pojoaque
  • Santa Fe
  • Taos

For Wildlife Control Near You, Call: (505) 545-8891

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Eco-Friendly Solutions, LLC dba Critter Control Albuquerque.

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