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Nutria Rodent Control in Sacramento, CA

Nutria are a large, semi-aquatic rodent that was brought to the United States for its fur in 1889 from its native land of South America, and quickly became a very destructive invasive species in the United States. Nutria are known for the severe damage they can do to vegetation, crops, bodies of water, marshes, wetlands and more. Critter Bros can help, we can control the population of nutria on your property through trapping and removal methods. Contact us today to get started at 916-695-6789!

What Are Nutria? | Nutria Invasive Species

Nutria are large, semi-aquatic rodents with dark brown fur. Their fur was very popular with fur trappers back in the 1800s, which is when they were brought from their homes in South America to the United States. However, when the fur industry collapsed, these rodents were let loose and they began to wreak havoc on vegetation, crops, marshes and wetlands across the country. Nutria are about two feet long, with long, round tails and webbing on their back feet. Nutria populations are considered invasive because of the damage they cause, their lack of natural population control, and their pervasive breeding. 

Nutria breed year round, and they can have up to three litters per year. Nutria litters can consist of as little as 2 to as many as 13 young. Nutria have comparatively very few natural predators, which results in their populations expanding rapidly. Nutria are commonly mistaken for muskrats or beavers, but they have a few key features that help distinguish them from their fellow rodents. 

Nutria vs Muskrat vs Beaver

Nutria are large, brown aquatic rodents which often gets them confused with muskrats and beavers, but if you know what to look for, you can easily tell the difference between the three. 

Nutria have long, mostly-hairless tails that resemble a rat tail, as opposed to beavers which have wide, flat tails, and muskrats that have a thin, almost triangular tail. Nutria are over 5 times the size of a muskrat, but still only a third of the size of beavers. The most telling feature is that nutria have white muzzles and white whiskers, as opposed to the brown/black muzzles and whiskers of beavers and muskrats. 

Beavers will create their homes out of sticks and muds, which is what we know as a beaver dam, while muskrats will create small huts from mud and vegetation. Nutria do not create these shelters, and instead will live inside burrows and marshes. Nutria will create flat surfaces of dead vegetation inside their burrows and marshes for their nesting activities. 

Nutria Removal Services Near Me

Nutria are an invasive species that can have devastating effects on crops and the local ecosystem, and their burrowing habits can damage your property. Critter Bros can help, we offer nutria control, trapping and removal services in Sacramento, CA. Contact us today to get started at 916-695-6789

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How Do Nutria Affect the Ecosystem? | Are Nutria Dangerous?

Nutria can have devastating effects on the local ecosystem. Nutria are known for their burrowing habit, and their burrowing can undermine water-retention levees, damage flood-control levees, erode the banks of streams and lakes, and weaken the foundations of reservoir dams, roadbeds, homes and commercial buildings. Nutria are also known to ae devastating effect on crops, including corn, sugar, beets, alfalfa, wheat, barley, oats, peanuts, melons, carrots, and other vegetables. Nutria can lead to severe losses for farmers. 

Nutria feed on native plants inside marshes and wetlands, and when nutria establish a population along coastal areas, they can destroy the native plants that hold marsh soil in place, and lead to endangerment of the native wildlife. Nutria damage can be so severe that marsh vegetation resources can be permanently lost, and this can lead to erosion and flooding of upland sites during severe storms. 

Nutria are also known to spread a variety of illnesses, including tuberculosis, septicemia,  tapeworms, blood flukes, liver flukes, and a nematode that can cause a rash known as “nutria itch”. Nutria can contaminate local swimming areas and drinking supplies. 

Nutria Trapping and Removal in Sacramento, CA

If you have nutria on your property in Sacramento, contact the licensed experts at Critter Bros for trapping and removal services. It can be difficult to tell what kind of semi-aquatic rodent you have, but we offer free inspections so one of our wildlife experts can come out and inspect your property, where we can determine exactly what critter is causing you trouble. 

Cost of Nutria Control in Sacramento, CA

The cost of nutria control is variable, based on the exact specifications of your property and the severity of the infestation. We offer free inspections, so our expert technicians can come out and inspect your property and properly determine what the cost will be. Contact us today to get started at 916-695-6789

Best Nutria Control Services in Sacramento, CA

Nutria are an invasive species that can have devastating effects on crops and the local ecosystem, and their burrowing habits can damage your property. Critter Bros can help, we offer nutria control, trapping and removal services in Sacramento, CA. Contact us today to get started at 916-695-6789

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