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Pest Guide > Snakes

snake on white backgroundWhat do snakes look like?

Snakes are easily identified by their lack of legs and the slithering manner in which they move from place to place. Other identifying features include the facts that snakes lack eyelids and external ears. These creatures range in size from very small, only a few inches in length, to very large, several feet in length. They have a lower jaw that is hinged, allowing them to consume prey that is sometimes twice their size. Snakes, depending on their species come in a wide range of colors including green, red, orange, yellow, black or brown, and most have unique stripes or patterns.

Are snakes dangerous?

Whether or not a snake is dangerous depends on what type of snake they are. Pit vipers, such as copperheads and rattlesnakes are considered to be very dangerous. They inject venom into their prey in order to subdue them. Their venom is strong enough to cause serious health consequences in people. If ever bitten by a pit viper, medical attention should be immediately sought. In contrast, non-venomous snakes such as garter, corn and water snakes are not considered to be dangerous. They use constriction to subdue and kill their prey and are typically less of a threat to people. However, it is important to remember that snakes are a type of wild animal and therefore care should be taken around them whether they are venomous or not. Problems with them on your property are best left up to professionals.

Why are snakes on my property?

Snakes are attracted to properties that offer places to hide and ample food sources. These legless creatures like to live in and near wooded areas, amongst dense vegetation, and in tall grasses. They can also be found living in garden areas, in fields, or on farmlands. Snakes are cold-blooded animals. This means they cannot control their body temperature on their own, so on sunny days, they can be found lying on top of sidewalks, pavement, rocks, and stones to warm up their body temperature. During the colder months, snakes hibernate in dens. Sometimes snakes seek indoor shelter inside crawls spaces or behind walls.

How do you get rid of snakes?

Ridding your home and property of snakes can be a tricky and frustrating task, one that should be left up to the pest professionals found at Spencer Pest Services. Spencer Pest Services can quickly eliminate snakes from your property through our wildlife control services. Our pest control professionals have the experience, dedication, and training needed to control snakes in and around your home and to prevent future problems with them. Contact us today for more information about our snake-control services.

Snake prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program, there are several things you can do in and around your property to prevent problems with snakes. Snake prevention tips include:

  • Keeping grass on your property cut short
  • Trimming back overgrown vegetation and wooded areas away from the edges of your property
  • Keeping gardens weeded and well-maintained
  • Trimming back overgrown shrubs, bushes and other plants on your property
  • Fixing any outdoor pipes or fixtures that could act as a water source and attract snakes to your home
  • Placing garden areas and wood piles a distance away from the exterior of your home
  • Sealing cracks or crevices found in the foundation and exterior walls of your home; and installing door sweeps, especially on basement doors

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