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 & EXCLUSIONThere'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: How To Remove A Snake In A Swimming PoolMost of the time, you can get the snake out of the pool safely with your pool's debris skimmer. Of course, if you know the snake is venomous, use extreme caution. Also, if the snake is very large, the skimmer may not be adequate. In this case, you might have to use a larger net, or professional snake tongs or hook. You might also want to call a professional. If the snake is in the debris filter and is small and harmless, you can remove it by hand, or with gloves, or just lift the filter basket.
The above advice is all you really need to know. If you want to hire help, visit the Hire a Pro page for help. The following advice is mostly nonsense:
Certain snakes are known to be attracted to water, and if you have a swimming pool in your backyard, this could be bad news for you. Discovering a snake swimming in your pool is some homeowners’ worst nightmare. It is important to be calm and not to panic. There are certain steps you will have to take to remove the snake from your pool so that you can enjoy your pool in peace again. This can be a very intimidating process, but with the right tools and a little bravery, you will be able to successfully and safely remove the snake.
Here are some ways to remove a snake from the pool.
One option is to drain the water in the pool. Once the pool is dry, do some or all of the following:
To use this method, sprinkle salt around the area that a snake might pass through. If you have a persistent snake problem, you may want to use salt all around the perimeter of the pool. The salt has the result of making the snake go limp.
Buy snake repellent
You can buy snake repellent in the pet store or other stores, usually in the form of a pill sown in the area crossed by a snake. When the pill is eaten by the snake, itcould get weak and dizzy, and it could even die.
Call a snake charmer or firefighter
If you have a phobia of snakes, the best option is to call people who are experts in catching snakes, commonly called snake charmers. You can also call firefighters and they may be able to help you. Trusting the job to the professional handlers will prevent you from getting bit or injured in any way. Removing a snake from a pool is something that most homeowners hope they will never have to do. However, since many snakes are attracted to water and are known to find their way into pools, it may be an unavoidable task. There are ways to make your pool less attractive to snakes, and this is a great idea if snakes are known to be prevalent in your area. If you do have a snake in your pool and are too scared or unsure to take the suggestions mentioned above, you can call a professional to remove the snake for you.
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