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To obtain snake removal help call our office 24/7/365 at
(888) 712-2542

 

Snakes instill a deep-rooted fear in many people that few other animals can match.

 

Common problems and solutions
Snakes cause few problems, and the few they do are relatively benign. Some of the larger species may cause problems around poultry houses, occasionally taking chicks or eggs, but—except for the venomous species— snakes are not a threat to humans or their pets. That does not convince people who have a deep-seated fear of these animals that they are harmless, and the fear some people have at even a glimpse of these reptiles contributes mightily to what are real conflicts between humans and snakes.

 

Encounters
Most encounters with snakes are passing, but when one does occur, be sure to:

- Leave the snake alone.
- Identify it by species.
- Continue to leave it alone so long as it is not venomous and not inside a house or building.

 

All outdoor (even in your yard) encounters with nonvenomous snakes should be resolved by letting the animal go its own way, most likely to never be seen again.

 

Venomous snakes are another matter. If you encounter a venomous snake in your yard, take it seriously. The snake should be removed to ensure that no one, including pets, gets hurt.

 

Humane Wildlife Control Solutions recognizes that most poisonous snakes have well defined ranges in which resources, such as winter dens (hibernacula), are critical to their survival. Since we are certified wildlife rehabilitators, any release of a captured snake will be in line with best practices for that specific species and guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries or Kentucky Department of Fish and Game.

 

Exclusion (preventing entry or re-entry)

Excluding snakes from buildings can be as difficult as excluding rodents. And keeping snakes out of yards or gardens may be completely impractical.

 

Snakes in houses may be there either accidentally (for instance, washed in by flood waters) or purposely to find prey or shelter. They can become trapped inside and may die from lack of food or moisture if not captured and removed.

 

(Note: Some snakes may hibernate in cellars or crawl spaces of older houses. The presence of shed skin usually indicates that a snake has been living in the house for some time.)

 

Removing snakes
If you discover a snake in your house, act as soon as possible, for both the snake’s and your peace of mind:

- Remain calm and avoid disturbing the snake or driving her into hiding.
- If possible, carefully open a nearby door and use a broom to gently herd the snake outside.
- If you can’t herd the snake—and it’s small or coiled, slowly place an empty pail or wastebasket over her, then put a weight on top to trap the snake until a Humane Wildlife Control Solutions technician arrives. You can call our office at (888) 712-2542 24/7 for assistance.
- If getting the snake outside is impossible and the above is also, try to confining her to a room or corner her with barriers such as boards or boxes, so that she will be easy to capture when the expert arrives.

 

If you know there is a snake in your house, but you can’t find it, consider this: snakes like warmth and darkness, and a heating pad or even a pile of burlap or other material on the basement floor may attract the unwanted visitor, who can then be trapped and handled.

 

How to inspect and snake-proof your property

If you’ve found a snake in your house—or if you want to avoid finding one, you can snake-proof your home. Snakes usually enter buildings at ground level, some fitting through tiny cracks or holes no more than one-eighth inch wide.

 

Closely inspect the foundation for unsealed wire or pipe conduits or basement windows or doors that do not seal tightly and seal these openings immediately. (You can use the same methods you’d use to keep out rodents.) Look for openings at or near ground level (If you’ve already found a snake in your house, remember what size he was and look for openings large enough for the snake’s head to pass through.)
Some snakes are also good climbers, and trees, shrubs, stone walls or chimneys may provide access to the roof. So be sure to check for openings around the eaves and roof. Inspect behind concrete porches, steps, and where decks attach to the house.


Once the entire exterior has been inspected and one or more openings have been discovered, decide which opening is likely to be the main snake entrance.


Seal all the openings except the suspected main entrance. On that opening, install a one-way door for snakes.

 

Repellents
There are commercially marketed repellents for snakes, ranging from sisal rope to sulfur. Please contact our office at (888) 712-2542 to see if these could be appropriate for your home or business.


To obtain snake removal help call our office 24/7/365 at

(888) 712-2542

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