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: What is the Deadliest Snake in the United StatesThe short answer is that the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the deadliest snake in the USA, with the most venom. A bite will very likely result in the death of any human. That said, if you ask what snake kills the most humans in the US, the answer is the Timber Rattlesnake, because it's encountered more frequently, and thus it kills more people. As far as potency of venom goes, that's the Coral snake - but that's a rare and docile snake. So it depends on your definition of deadliest. It's my opinion that the Eastern Diamondback is the deadliest, because it's the largest, strongest, and has the most venom. Chance of survival is lowest with an Eastern Diamondback bite.
There are many species of snakes in the United States that can be extremely dangerous should you be bitten by one. Whether you are talking about the rattlesnake or the copperhead, many are extremely dangerous if they should bite you.
What makes them so dangerous is not just the kinds of toxins that they can emit, but also the effect that toxin can have on its victim. There are four different kinds of toxins that a snake can inject into its victim, including neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, hemotoxins, and cytotoxins. Each of these can be quite dangerous in how they affect their victim.
While all are dangerous it is usually the neurotoxins and cardiotoxins that are considered to be the most dangerous to the victim. However, ironically enough, it is a snake that injects a cytotoxin that has established itself as the most deadly in all of North America. That is the Cottonmouth.
A cytotoxin is one that damages cells in the area where the toxin is present. Usually it directly effects the location where the snake has bitten its victim, and can have a very negative effect on the cells where the snake has bitten the organism.
In many cases only the area where the snake bit its victim is damaged. However, this is part of what separates the cottonmouth from other snakes that emit this toxin.
The cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin or water pitviper, is the only kind of viper that can live in the water. This isn’t just in North America, but is the only one worldwide. It is found in the southeastern part of the United States, but many have seen this snake reach to parts of the Gulf of Mexico. That is not good news for tourists who are visiting these areas, because these snakes are extremely dangerous.
As mentioned, these animals inject a strong cytotoxin. In fact, it is the most destructive and powerful cytotoxin of any snake on earth. This is what makes them so dangerous.
When a cottonmouth injects its venom into the victim the venom begins to eat away at the area where the bite occurred. This is a very grisly attack, as the venom literally eats away at the skin, often starting from the inside of the organism and working its way in all directions.
For those who have been bitten by this snake there are many instances where anti-venom is not sufficient enough to save the victim. The only solution is to remove the affected area by amputation, meaning that whole sections of skin and tissue have to be removed for the organism to be able to survive.
What makes this kind of snake even more dangerous is that the venom can quickly spread through diffusion or through the blood stream. As it moves through these other areas it causes incredible damage. To help understand this, it is like burning a bridge as you are crossing it. nothing can get to you from behind because the bridge is destroyed. Blood vessels are destroyed that have carried the toxin, but the toxin still is able to spread. It is truly brutal.
Avoiding a cottonmouth can be a real chore. These reptiles live in the water and hide in the brush or in the water itself waiting for potential victims to arrive. Once they do, they lash out and inject their venom into the victim, waiting for it to become incapacitated before they start to eat it. Cottonmouth snakes will eat virtually anything that they can fit into their mouth, but will kill any animal that they see as a threat.
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