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: Are snakes dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?There are many places around the country where snakes are quite prevalent. Whether you are talking about the venomous kinds of snake or the non-venomous kind, snakes exist in virtually all areas of the country where there is warm weather for an extended period of time during the year. This is especially true in areas like swamps, deserts, and other hot weather climates where a snake would find the necessary warmth to be able to function and thrive.
In some areas of the country snakes can be found in extremely large quantities. This not only includes the types of snakes that can be found, both venomous and non-venomous, but also in sheer population. There can literally be as many if not more snakes than there are people or people’s pets in the area.
Do Snakes Pose a Risk to My Pets?
The question you may be asking yourself with so many snakes in your area is if they pose a risk to your pets. The answer to that is not a simple yes or no answer. The truth is that it varies greatly depending upon the kind or species of snake that you are talking about and the kind of pet that you have.
If you are talking about venomous kinds of snakes, such as a rattlesnake, water moccasin, or copperhead, then they most assuredly pose a serious health risk to your pet. They are as dangerous as it comes, and can be quite aggressive.
How a venomous snake injures or harms your pet is by injecting a poison known as venom into your pet when they bite. This venom affects your dog or cat by either harming it’s heart, shutting down its ability to circulate blood, destroying cells, or shutting down the nervous system. Any one of these can lead to a serious issue if not outright death. This is why if your pet is bitten by one of these reptiles that you need to get immediate medical care for it.
In addition to venomous snakes, there are also poisonous kinds of snakes. The difference in this kind is that the poison is actually contained within the snake but does not get into another organism in less they eat that snake. If your dog or cat were to eat a poisonous snake then they would suffer the effects of that poison. This can lead to death or serious illness.
You may consider that the vast majority of other snakes would not be harmful to your pet, and that is true if you are talking about small numbers like one or two. If your dog or cat came across a non-venomous, non-poisonous snake then they should be fine for the most part, even if they are bitten.
However, many snakes live in large packs called broods. A brood of snakes can be very dangerous to your pet because they can attack it in much the way a group of dogs can be dangerous to a human being. While one or two bites may not be an issue, hundreds of them is an entirely different story and this is what would happen if your pet is attacked by a large group of snakes.
You also have to consider that there are bacteria that are contained in the mouth and scales of a snake. These can be dangerous to your animal because they can cause illness. If your cat or dog is bitten by a snake, that bacteria can get into the snake and cause serious injury. Even if your pet eats the snake it may ingest the bacteria which can lead to sickness.
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