Snakes play an important role in nature, but that doesn’t mean you want these scaly, slithering reptiles in your home. While most snakes are harmless, posing only a risk of fright to homeowners, their bites can be painful at best and – in the case of venomous snakes – lethal at worst. Controlling the snake population in your home and garden goes a long way in preventing an unwanted encounter.
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Is it Venomous?
Non-venomous snakes are protected in many jurisdictions, meaning it’s important to have a wildlife care specialist remove them from your property without harm. To distinguish a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake, look at the head. Venomous snakes typically have more triangular heads and prominent divots between their eyes and nostrils. If you’re able to get a close-up look, venomous vipers have elliptical pupils whereas non-venomous varieties have round pupils. Thankfully, the majority of snakes in the United States are non-venomous, posing little risk to humans and even conferring benefits like rodent and insect control.
Where to Find Them
Different snakes prefer different habitats. Most snakes like dark, damp areas with ground cover that affords them camouflage to hunt their prey with ease. Wood piles, tall grass, shrubbery and piles of debris are excellent spots to look for snakes outdoors. Indoors, snakes prefer cool, dark places that are relatively undisturbed, such as your basement or crawl space, as well as sheds and other outbuildings.
Snakes prefer the outdoors, but enter homes seeking food and shelter. It’s also not uncommon for snakes to enter buildings in search of a sheltered spot to hibernate during cold weather.
Snake Control Methods
A good offense is the best defense for snake infestations. Remove the promise of food and shelter and you’ll likely never see a snake roaming your property. Keep landscaping tidy and remove debris and refuse before it piles up. By removing hiding places, it’s less likely any snakes will see your property as an attractive spot to settle. Seal up cracks and crevices on exterior walls and windows to exclude them from your building’s interior.
Ridding yourself of a snake’s food source means taking steps to control other pest problems, namely insects and rodents. Keep food stored in rodent-proof containers and maintain a high level of cleanliness in living spaces. Small rodent and insect infestations can get out of control quickly — sometimes before you even notice. If a mouse, rat or bug problem is posing problems, call in a specialist from Critter Control to help manage it.
Even if you’re following a strict pest management routine to keep snakes out of your home, you might find yourself faced with having to remove one at some point. A qualified, experienced wildlife professional can help you remove non-venomous snakes, and safely remove venomous and dangerous reptiles. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, especially if you’re not sure how to handle a problematic snake.