Nutria Control

Nutria Control, Trapping & Removal Services

We can rid you of Nutria problems safely and efficiently

The semiaquatic coypu, or nutria, is considered an invasive species. Once coveted in the United States for their fur, these rodents have since become a collective menace to local ecosystems. They’ve wreaked havoc on the wetlands of the Gulf Coast; their large appetites have left areas almost devoid of vegetation, and their burrows can cause lasting damage to the land and man-made structures. Nutria can be detrimental to a homeowner’s yard, or any outdoor area thriving with plant life, and the legal protections nutria have been granted in many states make the already complex solutions to dealing with these creates nearly impossible to carry out efficiently. That’s why you should call Trutech.

The professionals of Trutech have the experience needed to handle nutria capture and removal safely and securely. You shouldn’t have to fret overexposing nutria nests or building tall structures to deter them. We’ve spent years developing state-of-the-art techniques and tricks that we can implement with ease, so you never have to worry.

Here at Trutech, we’re proud of our commitment to ethically and environmentally sound solutions to any and all wildlife infestations. We care about all creatures, which is why we make sure our methods of nutria control are humane and have minimal impact on the ecosystem. If you have a nutria problem, don’t hesitate to reach out to Trutech today. We want to lend you a helping hand.

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APPEARANCE

The brown-furred rodents typically grow about 24 inches long, have 12-inch hairy tails, and weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. Their forepaws have sharp claws that enable them to dig extensive burrows and scavenge for underwater plants and tubers. Nutria have webbed hind paws and can hold their breath underwater for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, which makes them formidable swimmers. They have large incisors used to chew the stalks, stems, and bark of plants and trees.

DIET

Nutria are known to scavenge underwater for roots, tubers, and stems of aquatic plants, which make up the large majority of their diet. A special set of lips allows the animals to use their teeth to chew while submerged without letting water into their mouths. The rodents have also been known to take advantage of crops located near water sources, such as rice paddies and other irrigated plants.

HABITAT

Living along the South Coast, East Coast, and Pacific Northwest, nutria prefer wetland habitats. They use their claws to dig burrows for their families into the sides of steep embankments. Entrances are usually located underwater. Some burrows grow quite large, with multiple levels, long tunnels, and several chambers used for sleeping and nursing. Occasionally, the animals also construct floating mats of vegetation upon which they rest or feed.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Although powerful swimmers, nutria are awkward walkers and shuffle about with a hunched posture as they forage for food on land. For this reason, it is rare to see the creatures in yards or near homes unless private properties stand very close to the water’s edge or are located near streams, lakes, or wetlands.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

Since their introduction, nutria have steadily eroded the fragile wetland ecosystems around the United States. Their voracious appetites and large numbers leave their habitats completely stripped of vegetation, prompting erosion and destroying shelter and food sources that many native creatures rely on. Their burrows also weaken the soil and damage natural or man-made dams, dikes, and embankments. Additionally, diseases, such as tularemia and giardia, are transmitted by nutria and can affect both humans and pets.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Nutria are not good climbers, and can be excluded from areas with sturdy fences. To be most effective, fences should be buried at least a foot underground and stand three feet tall. As the rodents prefer to dig their burrows into steep banks near rivers or marshes, modifying the angle of inclination by digging or piling additional dirt onto coasts may make environments less attractive. Upon discovering established nutria burrows, partially expose the nests or fill entrances with loose soil to push the rodents into moving elsewhere.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

In some states nutria are considered important fur-bearing animals and receive legal protection, while in others they are simply considered nuisances. To avoid legal retribution, individuals should contact wildlife control specialists to handle infestations. The professionals at Trutech have the experience and knowledge necessary to humanely and legally handle populations of nutria.