I built this website as a resource for people who want to get rid of a snake problem. I am a snake control expert with 15 years of experience, and I am friends with hundreds of other snake removal experts. This website provides practical tips and resources for you to solve any problem you may have with a snake in your home or snakes on your property.
Option 1 - WALK AWAY AND LEAVE THE SNAKE ALONEMaybe the snake is just passing through your yard. Maybe it's a harmless snake, and even good to have around. Not every snake sighting is cause for alarm or active snake removal. You can read this guide: Is it Venomous?, or look at my many Snake Photos, or pictures of dangerous snakes such as the Copperhead Snake, the Cottonmouth Snake, or common harmless ones like the Garter Snake.
If you must remove a snake, you basically have four options for getting rid of your snake(s). First, you can call a professional wildlife expert from my below directory. This person can catch and remove the snake(s) and take other actions necessary to solve the snake problem. Second, you can purchase a snake trap if you wish to catch the snake yourself. Third, you can modify your land and seal up your house to help keep snakes away and out of the house. Fourth, you can try a snake repellent.
Option 2 - HIRE A PROFESSIONALWe can solve your snake problem for you. Our nationwide group of snake specialists services 95% of the US population. Click here to find your local snake removal expert in your town. Below are just some of our more popular areas:
Option 3 - BUY A SNAKE TRAPIf a snake is indoors, a trap will work. I do not recommend using a glue-based trap outdoors, because it can inhumanely catch other small critters. I have reviewed and field tested several snake trap designs, and the one featured below is the most durable and effective. It is the highest quality snake trap available on the market. Read more about Snake Trap.
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Option 4 - HABITAT MODIFICATION & EXLUSIONThere's a reason you have snakes on your property or in your house. Your property is in an area of the country that has snakes (that includes most areas), and your property has features that are attractive to snakes. Most commonly, this means that your property is full of debris that attracts snakes. Snakes like a safe place to live and hunt and hide, and places to crawl in. So vegetation is a big snake attractor. So you can, if you wish, eliminate or trim back heavy vegetation. But more than that, if you have any rocks, sidewalk, plywood, a shed, or anything else that snakes can crawl under and den in, then you've REALLY got some attractive snake habitat. Eliminate all of these areas. Fill in gaps under rocks with dirt. Install an exclusion barrier, like a steel screen, around your shed or deck. Get rid of plywood or bricks or other debris. You can also install a fine-mesh fence sloping outward at a 30 degree angle, or tall solid fence around the perimeter of your property. If you've got snakes in your house, find out how they are getting in via a full inspection of the house. Use a polyurethane foam such as Great Stuff to seal any openings, and install weather stripping where you find gaps under doors. You can read more about How to Keep Snakes Away here, but in summary:
- Eliminate debris such as wood or rock piles on the property.
- Cut down heavy brush or trim back hedges.
- Seal small gaps under doors or decks, etc.
- Use funnel type traps or glue board type traps along edges.
- Seal shut any entry points into the house.
- An extreme remedy would be a perimeter wide fence.
The following remedies do not work:
- Use of sisal rope around the property, as if the rope is tough on a snake's belly.
- Use of snake repellants such as sulphur, mothballs, or Snake-A-Way.
- Use of ultrasonic sound emitters (snakes can't hear, at least in high frequencies).
- Use of fake owls or hawk decoys.
Option 5 - USE A SNAKE REPELLENTI included this section to inform and educate. Unfortunately, most snake repellents don't work. Only rare specialty items such as predator scents like mongoose urine or kingsnake musk have shown any (limited) effectiveness, and these aren't available to the public. Many of my listed wildlife trappers have access to such materials, but they're not sold anywhere online or elsewhere. There are in fact many snake repellents marketed and sold, and if you want, go ahead and do a Google search for "snake repellent", and you'll find all sorts of products. But they're bogus! Most are made of napthalene (mothball flakes) which DO NOT WORK and which just poison the environment! Don't use them! Or the products contain sulphur or coyote urine. These are the same gimmick ingredients used in all generic animal repellents, like "rat-away" or "squirrel-repel". They are a scam, and they do not work! I have tested all of these products extensively over many years in the field, and they are all, except for mongoose urine or kingsnake musk, totally bogus. And even the mongoose or kingsnake scents aren't a guarantee, and they wash away relatively quickly. Hiring a pro or setting a trap is a much more effective option. The pro is more expensive, but the trap is about the same cost as a phony repellent. Oh, and forget anything that claims "ultrasonic sound" or vibrations or anything, those have been certified as grade-a scams by the federal trade commission.
The Bottom LineMany snakes are actually beneficial for the environment, and there's more harmless snakes than venomous ones. But if you are uncomfortable with snakes on your property, or you want to know how to get rid of snakes in your house, you certainly have options. Typically, a professional snake removal expert is the best - they know how to get rid of snakes around the yard, in the basement, under a home, etc. from years of experience, and experience counts for a lot. But a snake trap is also a very effective and viable option. Repellents simply don't work, despite all the fancy-pants manufacturer claims. If you use a repellent, it's only a placebo, with no real effectiveness. Sealing your house against snakes is a good idea, and it can keep out bugs and mice as well. Altering your property is a harder task, and there will always be snakes outside, but eliminating clutter is a good idea. If you do see a snake, and you are scared, just leave it alone. Most snake bites actually occur when people try to kill snakes, or catch them by hand, or push them with a broom, or any other interaction. So just leave the snake alone, and call a pro or purchase a trap.
Snake Topic of the month: Understanding Snake Venom and How It WorksWhat makes a snake different from so many other kinds of animals is its ability to produce venom to be able to subdue its potential prey or enemies. While not all snakes have this capability, there are enough species of these predators out there that can do real damage to you, your family, and your pets.
If they are bitten by one of these snakes that is able to produce venom then it can lead to sickness and eventually even to death if not treated right away. This is why if you live in an area where venomous snakes are known to exist it is important to make sure that you are aware of what a rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin, or other venomous snake looks like.
If you are bitten by one of these reptiles then you should be aware that there are four different kinds of toxins that the snake can inject into you. They are as follows.
These kinds of toxins affect the nervous system of the organism that they have bitten. This will lead to paralysis, which will eventually lead to death in the organism. The way that this works is quite simple.
When the snake bites its victim, it injects the venom into the body. That is then passed into the blood stream where it starts to diffuse across the body. When it reaches nerves it stops them from being able to conduct normal processes, and in a very short time organs and systems will begin to shut down. This can mean that the lungs will not work so that person cannot breathe in and out, plus muscles throughout the body can be locked in a contraction. This will make it so that the person is unable to breathe and death will occur shortly after that.
If you are bitten by a snake that has released a neurotoxin into you then you need to get treated right away. Waiting can be terminal.
This kind of venom is intended to shut down the heart, and will actually stop the heart from being able to beat. Death is almost certain when this kind of poison is injected into the prey. The heart is essential in all organisms if that organism is going to survive, and if the heart has been damaged so that it will not function, then it will not be long until the victim passes on.
If you are bitten by a snake that emits a cardiotoxin, then getting treatment right away is essential. You also want to stay as calm as possible so that the toxin will take longer to reach the heart and other important organs.
This kind of toxins looks to damage cells in the body. When it has reached a sufficient enough level in an organ or other part of the body, it will begin to break down cells, which can lead to a killing of the organ. This can mean that the stomach, intestinal lining, or other area of the body where the toxin has reached can cause severe damage.
While the effects of this are not nearly as dangerous, making sure that you receive treatment is paramount. Do not dawdle.
These kinds of toxins affect blood vessels and blood cells. This can make the blood vessels so that they will constrict to a point where blood will not be able to pass through the tightened blood vessels. The cells can become damaged which will cause them to be ineffective in carrying oxygen and other nutrients, which can lead to illness and even death.
You also want to make sure you take care of this right away if you are bitten.
Read more about Understanding Snake Venom and How It Works.