Common Wildlife Problems in Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Squirrels
Rock squirrels in Santa Fecause 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.
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.
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.
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.
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