Snakes are most definitely an animal that you don’t want near your home. While most species of snakes are harmless and may just give you the willies, there are other species of snakes that are poisonous and their bite can be fatal to humans, particularly children and the elderly. If you spot signs of snakes around your home, it is imperative that you contact a pest control professional as soon as possible to correct the problem.
Despite their fearsome reputation, most species of snakes are shy and do not want to confront humans. Most will not seek out humans, and if they do attack, it is done for defensive reasons because they have been stepped on or their habitat has been disturbed. Knowing how to spot areas a snake might be hiding around your home is key to preventing potentially dangerous and fatal snake bites. The good news about snakes is that running into them is fairly rare. Snakes prefer to live in damp, cool places. Basements, for example, are the perfect environment for a snake to live inside the house. Snakes also like to burrow in piles of leaves, under rocks and tree limbs, and in tall grass and weeds.
Watch for Snake Habitats - Snakes like to hide, so you may not know they are around until you actually see them. Snakes shed their skins several times a year, so one of the first signs might be the shed skins they leave behind. If you live in an area that is dusty or have a yard that is mostly dirt, you might also see twisty trails as they slither along. Snakes like to hide in heavy vegetation and under porches, decks, piles of rocks and in holes. Be on the lookout around your property, and if you live in an area where snakes are common, approach them with caution.
The best ways to prevent snakes is to:
Snake venom is deadly, with as many as 100,000 people worldwide dying each year from snake bites - Often, snakes are difficult to identify right away, especially if they are moving fast. Always assume that any snake you see is poisonous and slowly back away if you are in close quarters with a snake. Never attempt to remove a snake on your own. This increases the chances that you will get bitten, and if the snake is venomous, you will require emergency medical treatment and fast!
At Pest Web, we can help you safely and effectively remove snakes from your home and yard. We will also identify ways you can make your home less appealing to snakes in order to prevent snakes from coming back. When dangerous snakes can potentially harm your family, trust Pest Web!