Wildlife Control & Removal

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

Critter Control is the leading wildlife control company, specializing in the humane removal of animals native to the Santa Fe area. We understand the danger that comes with wild animal infestation and the urgency it requires. That's why we use a variety of professional techniques to neutralize and remove wild animals, remove dead animals, and repair animal damage in residential and commercial properties as quickly as possible.
If you’re not sure what type of animal control problem you have, contact our experts at Critter Control. Our experience with the wildlife of Santa Fe, including rock squirrels, raccoons, and more than 50 species of snakes, allows us to diagnose the problem and provide a solution — giving our customers security and peace of mind.

Common Wildlife Problems in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Rodents, including pack rats, deer mice, and roof rats are common to Santa Fe because cities and homes provide them with easy access to food and shelter. This can create a variety of problems for residents, including attracting snakes to their yards, food contamination, wood and wiring damage, and the spread of rodent diseases such as hantavirus. In New Mexico, deer mice are common carriers of hantavirus, and residents can contract the respiratory virus by coming into contact with mouse droppings.
Rock squirrels in Santa Fe commonly burrow beneath sidewalks, buildings, and homes. They can cause severe damage, including structural deficiencies that threaten the security of the building itself. In addition to these major issues, squirrels will unearth flowers, vegetables, and newly planted seeds while looking for meals.
Pack rats, sometimes known as wood rats, are common to Santa Fe, NM. While these pests prefer dark, wooded places, they also favor wall voids, attics, and basements. Pack rats are easy to identify by their large, filthy nests made from plants and waste.
Most plague cases in the U.S. occur in New Mexico due to rodents like pack rats. In these cases, rodents host infected fleas that spread the serious illness. In addition to the plague, diseases such as leptospirosis and salmonellosis can be contracted through direct contact with rodent waste.

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.


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.
Since a snake relies on outside factors to regulate its temperature, the pests are often spotted basking in the sun or retreating into shady burrows.
A snake will naturally try to avoid people, but they can become hostile when scared or cornered.
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. Rattlesnakes are the most common venomous snakes in 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. The noisy rattle on their tails serves as a warning for predators and gives away their presence long before they become visible. Area residents should be sure to listen for this telltale hissing noise when walking in tall grasses or brush.


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 a dangerous raccoon encounter. Fish-stocked ponds may also attract raccoons because they provide an easy food source.


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 also make good homes for bats. The sound bats make by crawling around and squeaking can disturb residents. The pests also bring odor problems and health risks.


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. Centipedes also seek out moist areas in 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.

Wildlife Control Services

We offer traditional pest controls services for antsbed bugscentipedescockroachesscorpionsspiders, stinging pests, and other insects.


  • 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


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

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