There are few things more unsettling than finding a snake slithering around somewhere in your home or on your property. While it’s certainly true that they are more scared of us than we are of them, they need to be taken very seriously. Even a non-venomous snake can cause significant injuries to you or your loved ones, and snakes are known to become aggressive if they feel cornered. The best course of action is always to call a professional if you spot snake activity on your property, but there are things you can do to help keep them at bay.
1. Reduce Clutter
Things like firewood piles, mounds of rocks, or piles of leaves all give snakes a perfect place to hideout. Keep these to a minimum on your property, and always keep them away from the side of your house.
2. Keep the Lawn Mowed
Most snakes are only an inch or two tall which makes it easy for them to go undetected in the tall grass until it’s too late. Keeping your grass at a reasonable height is important, especially during those warmer summer months when grass grows quickly.
3. Keep Those Hedges Looking Neat
While the hedges aren’t a snake’s first choice for a shelter, they often hunt for pretty that calls that area home. Eliminating food sources plays a big role in discouraging snake activity, and by keeping your hedges trimmed neatly, you’re helping to keep frogs, insects, and other food sources away.
4. Check for Entry Points around your Home
Due to their slender body shape, snakes can squeeze through even the smallest gap or crack. A hole as small as ¼” can invite snakes into your home; putting your loved ones at risk. Simply sealing off these gaps with expanding foam or wire mesh goes a long way towards denying their entry.
While these are great preventative measures for discouraging snake activity, the possibility of an infestation still exists. If you spot snake activity on your property, we strongly advise against removing them on your own.
How to Get Rid of Snakes
Snakes are not an uncommon sight in Florida; in fact, most homeowners have likely encountered at least one on their property. Snakes are not naturally aggressive or interested in hurting you or your loved ones, but wild animals can be unpredictable, and often strike if they feel scared or threatened. Calling a professional animal removal service is always the most effective solution, but there are measures you can take to help alleviate any snake problem you may be having on your property.
Keep your distance
If you happen to see a snake slithering about your property, chances are it is just passing through. The snake is almost always more afraid of you than you are of it, and they won’t attack unless encroached upon. Take a step back and let the snake be on its way.
Modify your landscaping
Few things are more attractive to a snake than somewhere that gives them a secure place to hide. To make your yard less interesting to snakes, remove debris and heavy vegetation from your property to cut down on areas in which they can hide. Rock piles and plywood should also be moved away from your house, as these are prime locations for snake activity.
Do you have a pest problem?
These slithering creatures spend much of their time on the hunt for food, and if you’re seeing them on your property, chances are there is an easily available food source for them nearby – most commonly rats or insects. Getting rid of any other animal infestations you have on your property will make the area much less appealing to snakes, and they will typically leave.
Professional Snake Removal
Though there are many home remedies and DIY methods to controlling snake populations, the best way is always with the expertise and tools offered by a professional removal company. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we are proud to be a total solution for any snake or nuisance animal infestations you may have. Our decades of experience allow us to safely remove both venomous and non-venomous snakes with ease, all while keeping your family out of harm’s way. Call us today at 407.295.7194 to schedule your complimentary consultation.