Nutria were imported from South America into North America mainly for fur farming / trading. They were introduced into Florida in 1950 unfortunately some of the Nutria escaped from captivity, bred and became feral. With the Nutria not being managed they are free to roam and graze wherever they choose which then causes economical and environmental burdens. Their feeding activity destroys marsh vegetation, damages crops and water control structures. Nutria are brown in color, approximately two-feet long with a large head and short legs. They spend most of their time in the water and are often mistaken for a beaver or muskrat. They feed off of plants, preferring the roots i.e. cat tails, pickerelweed, arrowheads, cordgrass, bulrush, spikerush along with crops and grass as well.
Damages contributed from Nutria:
- Burrowing, which causes erosion to the shore-lines, weakens the foundation around buildings, reservoir dams, roadbeds, ditches, ponds and lakes.
- Crop Damage
- Wetland / Vegetation Loss which is due to the fact that they eat away at the root system of trees, causing them to die. Plant eradication causing the soil to collapse, or depleting the natives species food supply.
We offer humane removal of Nutria throughout Tampa and the Westcoast of Florida.
Nutria removal serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sarasota, Manatee counties.
Also the communities of Brandon, Seffner, Riverview, Providence Lakes, Bloomingdale