How to get rid of snakes Easily

Believe it or not, snakes can be very serious pests.

These slippery critters may not be on your radar (unless you live in the southern United States), but snakes can be dangerous and cause problems for homeowners across the country.

How can you deal with them? What should you expect? What kinds of snakes are a problem?

Read on to find answers to these questions and more!

copperhead snakes

Copperheads can live 18 years and grow to about 30 inches long. long when they are adults. They are communal snakes and can often be found living together in burrows. Their heads are simple and copper-colored, and they have reddish-brown bodies with distinctive bands. They don’t look for people to attack and are more likely to bite you if you accidentally step on one. You need to seek immediate medical attention after being attacked.

cottonmouth snakes

Cottonmouth snakes – also known as water moccasins – are an extremely poisonous species.

They earned their name from the white insides of their mouths, which they display when threatened or preparing to attack.

Cottonmouths have bodies striped with various shades of brown and live in semi-aquatic environments.

garter snakes

Garter snakes are also called garden snakes and can be found in many states across the country. Its size ranges between 18 and 26 inches . Garter snakes come in a variety of colors such as gray, red, black, and brown.

While some possess mild neurotoxic venom, they do not harm humans . Bites from garter snakes will be painful and may cause mild irritation, but usually do not kill.

Garter snakes prefer grassy areas, meadows, or regions near ponds and lakes.

garter snakes

Garter snakes are also called garden snakes and can be found in many states across the country. Its size ranges between 18 and 26 inches . Garter snakes come in a variety of colors such as gray, red, black, and brown.

While some possess mild neurotoxic venom, they do not harm humans . Bites from garter snakes will be painful and may cause mild irritation, but usually do not kill.

Garter snakes prefer grassy areas, meadows, or regions near ponds and lakes.

black snakes

There are four different types of “black snake” in the United States, but the most commonly described is the black rat snake.

This type of snake is almost entirely black in color (with the exception of its white chin and throat), and can be found throughout the East, Midwest, and Southeast, particularly in Texas.

These creatures are large climbers and like heavily wooded areas, so they don’t interact with humans often. They are constrictors that suffocate their prey before feeding, which means they are not poisonous.

rattlesnakes

Many people are afraid of rattlesnakes because they are an extremely poisonous type of snake that makes a rattling noise when threatened. They live primarily in the Southwest, in places like New Mexico and Arizona, and do not seek out humans. Most people who are bitten accidentally trip over one. Immediate medical attention should be acquired after a bite.

Rattlesnakes can be identified by their rattle on the tip of their tail. It is made of interlocking scales and grows as the snake sheds.

What snakes are dangerous?

Cotton bogs and rattlesnakes are the most dangerous species in the United States. If seen in the wild, they should not be approached because their venom has the ability to kill.

Snakes also have strong jaws that can leave nasty wounds on their own and can cause moderate to severe bleeding to the victim. If you find persistent snakes around your property, it’s best to call a professional to pick them up.

How to get rid of them in your yard

It is much more likely to find snakes in your yard than in your house. Sometimes you can keep them away with snake repellents and special fencing, but what do you do when they arrive?

What snakes will you find in your yard?

Depending on your yard landscape , you could find a few different types of snakes. To get a general idea of ​​what kinds of snakes may be lurking in your yard, take stock of the weather in your neck of the woods.

Cotton bogs like water , while rattlesnakes live in arid regions. If you are in an area with soft grasslands like the Midwest, then you will probably have garter snakes.

How to get rid of them

Snakes are just like humans: they just want food and shelter. Keep grass and plants on your property so snakes don’t have places to hide, and eliminate any food sources such as rodent infestations.

If you want to be more proactive , you can use snake traps to catch the pest and release it elsewhere. Many wildlife and pest control companies also offer snake removal services.

How to get rid of snakes in your house

You’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but what about in your house? Unfortunately, snakes like to reside inside buildings because they provide excellent shelter with plenty of places to curl up for a nap . Bonus points: If there is a rodent problem, the snakes can find plenty of food too.

What snakes can you find in your house?

Large snakes can’t get in easily so you will probably find small snakes these could be yard snakes, corn snakes or ring snakes.

How to get rid of them

You don’t want to touch a snake that is coiled up in your house because despite its small stature, it could still bite.

Instead, it’s best to call a professional or use a snake trap. When the creature is stuck, you can pull it out to free it or relocate it.

Sometimes small snakes can be pushed out of the house with a broom, non-venomous snakes can also be wrapped in a towel and thrown outside.

If snakes are an ongoing problem, seal any cracks in your walls that could serve as entry points into your home. Also, be sure to keep vegetation near the house trimmed, so pests can’t hide near your house.

Here are some top tips about snakes in the home from Caroline Seitz, a wildlife expert and director of Reptiles Alive in Washington, DC. Take a moment to hear what she has to say!

How to get rid of snakes in your basement

Snakes don’t tend to enter basements on purpose. Once they’re there, however, they can enjoy the cool temperature and access to moisture. Even worse, they can breed while they’re down there.

What snakes can you find in your basement?

You will most likely find yard/garden snakes in your basement as these snakes tend to live in a similar environment to humans. If you find them, you should avoid going near them, even if they are relatively harmless.

A bigger problem would literally be a pack of black rat snakes. Because these guys like to climb, they can sometimes sneak through cracks around a house and get trapped inside.

How to get rid of them

Once a snake is in a basement, you can trap it or call in a professional.

Glue traps are frequently used by homeowners. Bottom line: the snake gets stuck to the glue and can be taken to a relocation center and released. Otherwise, professionals can use carefully constructed traps to catch the snake and take it elsewhere.

Once the snakes are gone , be sure to caulk any cracks the snakes may have used to get in. Also, keep any yards and lawns near your home short and trimmed so snakes don’t have a place to hide. Many snakes end up in basements accidentally as they seek shelter to avoid larger predators.

How to get rid of snakes elsewhere

Snakes can also be found in unusual places, and the methods described above don’t always work.

Here’s what you can do if these pests land in unexpected places around your property.

under your house

Snake traps and repellents will be the most effective options besides calling in a professional.

They can be placed around crawlspaces and other areas used to access the bottom of a house. Remember, as always, to remove food sources such as rodents such as rats and mice.

in a chicken coop

Here ‘s a little known fact: snakes rarely eat chickens, and will only eat eggs if their first choice isn’t available.

When they slither into a chicken coop, they are actually looking for rodents that like to eat chicken feed.

Keeping food stored in closed and sealed containers can prevent rodents from entering, thus keeping snakes away. Grass and plants around the structure should also be kept cut and edible debris prevented from being scattered.

in his garage

If a single snake bothers you, you can use a push quarter to sweep it out of your home.

You can also remove food and water sources or use a trap to capture (or even kill) the pest.

in a pond

Some snakes are very fond of water , especially water moccasins. The best thing you can do is remove food sources and cut the grass around the pond.

Make sure there are no places where the snake can hide, such as rocks or debris. Repellents sprayed around the pond can also prevent snakes from eating any fish inside or drinking the water.

Natural ways to get rid of snakes

The most natural ways to eliminate snakes include basic house and garden maintenance:

  • Keep the lawn well cared for
  • Control other pest problems like rodent infestations
  • Eliminate excessive moisture or damp areas
  • Remove trash and debris
  • Eliminate the snakes- trial fencing

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