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 ALONE
Maybe 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 PROFESSIONAL
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Option 3 - BUY A SNAKE TRAP
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Option 4 - HABITAT MODIFICATION & EXLUSION
There'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:
The following remedies do not work:
- 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.
- 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 REPELLENT
I 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 Line
Many 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.
Email of the month
I was searching online for help in identifying the snakes we are finding in our garage and mulch beds and possibly professional removal and came across your site. I recently moved into a new construction home two months ago and already have had about 6 encounters with these snakes. I believe possibly three encounters may have been the same exact snake. The others were completely different color and size. The one that KEEPS on getting into our garage, I've attached photos of (taken today!) It keeps coming in through the very small gap under the garage door and lingers in that one corner. We also found a large snake skin that was shed and left on the steps leading into the house from the garage (scary!) This snake appears to be about 2.5-3ft long and a rusty/brownish tone with spots. I didn't see any rattle on it's tail as it appears smooth to the end. It is skinny so I am not sure if it's a baby or not but it certainly is pretty long. I am not sure if you can make out what kind it may be from my photos, but hopefully you can. It gets away every time we pursue it by slithering back into the mulch bed next to the garage and today it actually went up into the SIDING on the exterior of the house. We are totally grossed out and freaked out about this issue. In the 17 yrs in my old house we maybe saw a baby snake ONCE. In two months here, like 6 times. We need help!! The other sightings one snake was in the garage and trying to get INTO the drywall..NUTS. It was like a dark green color with some light green vertical line doing down. The other was a dark gray almost black very small one my Husband saw in the mulch bed in the backyard. Seeing as this home backs up to conservation (and I believe a creek too) I guess this is prime habitat for them. The beds and lawn are kept short and maintained, but there is mulch, which they seem to like. Also, this entire community is brand new and there is new construction going on ALL around me so I know they are being disturbed even more. Nonetheless, I can't change any of those facts but we really are not enjoying the home and property as much as we hoped as we are constantly on guard and truly scared when we go into the garage or even leave or enter our home as we are walking past the beds leading to our front porch. PLEASE take a look and the photos and consider all I shared with you and give us your very best advice. IF we require your professional assistance, please provide us with a quote for that as well. I don't know how you'd be able to remove the snakes when we can't seem to keep them in one place and they just come and go as they please. But I'm sure you can suggest something.