Nutria rats are large aquatic rodents (similar to a beaver) with a rat like tail. They are an invasive species from South America and can be found in rivers and ponds here in Florida.
How can I tell if I have Nutria?
The most common way to tell if you have Nutria is by seeing them along lakes and ponds in neighborhoods. Although they are usually nocturnal they can be spotted during the day as well, swimming or sunning themselves. Another way to tell is by the damage that they do. They tend to create slides, or pathways into the water, in areas they frequent. They also are vegetarians and seem to greatly enjoy certain types of grass, sometimes eating a lawn down to the dirt. Nutria also dig underwater burrows into the banks which can cause erosion in those areas or even the collapse of the bank.
How do we get rid of them?
The safest and easiest way to get rid of Nutria is by trapping them. We employ live catch traps in areas where they frequent to catch and remove them. Depending on the number of Nutria we usually recommend either a 14 or 30 day service.