Snake problems are no fun. Many people just plain don’t like snakes of any kind. Realizing that most snakes are helpful and mean no harm to people doesn’t overcome what seems to be an inborn dislike.
Spring is a good time to see lots of snake problems. They’re coming out of a long winter’s sleep and looking for places to lie in the sun and warm up. You’re likely to find them stretched out on your wood pile, maybe in your pool, living under your home, or even in your home.
Part of the fear people have of snakes is not being able to tell which ones are poisonous. Out of the approximately 120 species of snakes in the U.S., only 17 are poisonous. But there isn’t a good way to know which ones are among the seventeen. Some people say venomous snakes have a triangular head, but many snakes that aren’t poisonous also have triangular heads.
The best thing is to give them plenty of room.
Snakes are carnivorous, but they don’t chew their catch. They swallow it whole. Many of them get rid of pests like mice and rats, so they’re beneficial.
Snakes don’t need very much room to get into your home. A small hole is all that’s necessary. If this happens, you need a professional to remove it.
There are some things you can do to prevent snake problems in your home or on your property. The best thing to do is change the habitat around your home. Get rid of things a snake can hide under. Any boards or loose lumber or stacks of wood can be places for a snake to slither under.
Pick these things up, cut back weeds, and seal up any gaps or holes a snake could crawl through. You also could build a fence around your property. It would have to be solid, flush with the ground and possibly down into the ground. It should be angled about 20 degrees outward and at least two feet high. There can’t be any gaps at all in the fence.
To get rid of snake problems the most efficient and safe way, your best bet is to contact a professional. Heath’s Wildlife Service provides 24 hour emergency and long-term nuisance wildlife solutions for your home or business with a focus on customer service, mutual trust, and ongoing support and information. Chris Heath will give you a no-obligation, free estimate for removing pests from your home. Call 855-422-0434 or 603-664-0513.