Problem: I keep finding possibly venomous snakes in my house. I have found six baby snakes; one is a little older than the others. I found two baby snakes inside my garage and one older snake inside my garage by the door. I placed powder around my house and notice snake trails around the entryway again today. In my opinion this is too many snakes. Please Help! -Sandra F., Texas
Our Solution: We would certainly get rid of the snakes in Sandra's house and around her yard. Most likely would the snakes are hiding in the crawlspace. We are trained professionals who know how to take care of the job.
There are approximately 2,267 species of snakes living in the world today—at least the ones biologists know about so far. Snakes have scales on their belly which act as anchors, so if you put a snake on a slab of glass it will not be able to move since it has nothing to grab onto. Many snakes have temperature-sensing organs on their heads. Some species of snakes have rattles—including the well-known rattlesnakes. The rattles are what make the trademark snake sounds. The snake will shake the rattle as a warning. When snakes strike, they do so with nearly 100 percent accuracy. Not all snakes are poisonous.
Snakes can be found in every color of the rainbow, depending on what species they are and what stage they are at in the molting process. Most rattlers are some shade of brown, green, red or gray. Many have diamond-shaped designs on their backs and sides.
Snakes have no ears or eyelids, and snakes’ long forked tongues help them to smell. They are deaf but can detect vibrations. Snakes in the pit-viper category, including rattlesnakes, have a deep pit on both sides of their faces. These snake pits help snakes seek out and strike warm objects, like rats, mice, bats, or other types of prey, even in darkness.
Frequently Asked Snake Questions
Q-1. WHERE DO SNAKES LIVE?
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A. Fifteen rattlesnake species are found in the United States and 25 in Mexico. Other species of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes live throughout all of the United States. Smaller snakes can usually be found living underground, while other snakes live in trees or bodies of water. In general, snakes like cool, dark, damp places where food is easily found.
But often, human territory provides such a habitat for snakes. Snakes will follow rodents and insects into homes, businesses and private yards. Once inside, snakes will use wall cavities, crawlspaces and attics as their dens. They will enter foundation openings to get to these spots. Snakes have also been known to get into firewood piles; snakes may live in stream banks strewn with tires and other garbage; snakes like dark, cool basements; snakes can be found in lumber and junk piles; snakes often hang out in gardens and flower beds; snakes will slither through grass or lawns; and snakes often live in shrubs.
Snakes have even been found in kitchens behind fridges and other appliances. If a normally warm area goes through a cold snap, snakes will seek out a warm location where they can eat and digest their food.
Q-2. WHEN ARE SNAKES MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Since snakes are cold-blooded, they hibernate during winter months and become quite inactive in times of intense heat during the summer. They will eat little or no food during these extreme climate changes. Some snakes hatch their eggs inside the body, some lay eggs and some give birth to live babies. Most snakes have their babies in the fall.
The greatest period of activity for rattlesnakes is spring, when they come out of hibernation and are hungrily searching for food. This active period can last from five to 10 months, depending on elevation and temperatures.
Snakes are most active at night and this is the time when humans and pets run the greatest risk of getting a snakebite. When feeding, snakes are mostly nocturnal.
Snakes are quite lethargic in early spring and late fall. This is the time when it’s most common for a snake to not rattle before it strikes.
Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO SNAKES EAT?
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A. All snakes are meat-eating predators. Snakes love to eat small animals such as mice, rats, bats and chipmunks. They also eat insects. Bird eggs and baby birds are also popular parts of some snakes’ diets. Some snakes eat other snakes. Smaller earth snakes eat slugs and earthworms. Any home or business that has a rodent-pest problem, bird-pest problem or bat-pest problem could become the perfect site for a snake infestation.
Rattlesnakes will eat even larger mammals such as weasels, skunks and rabbits. A home, business or yard with a weasel, skunk or rabbit infestation will provide a perfect food source for deadly rattlesnakes. Snakes in the southwest and desert regions eat lizards.
The two halves of a snake’s jaw are not fused together, and only a ligament loosely connects the two. This enables the snake to swallow food much larger than its own head. One meal may last a snake for several weeks, since they are cold-blooded and not very active animals.
Q-4. WHY SHOULD I LEARN HOW TO GET RID OF SNAKES IN MY CRAWLSPACE, WALLS OR ATTIC?
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A. If you hear a noise around or on your porch or building, a snake may be setting up its home. Most definitely, the greatest snake danger is the possibility of humans and pets being struck by snakes and dying from the venom. The smaller or older a human is, the more lethal a snake bite will be. Therefore, children playing in grass are easy targets for rattlers and other poisonous pest-snakes. It is a very scary experience to be struck and very painful. A snake’s venom causes tissue damage in whoever gets a snake bite. Snakes use their fangs as hypodermic needles to inject their venom. Sometimes a snake will shed its fang into the body where it has bitten. Rattlesnakes can strike humans, cats or dogs who are one third or one half of their body’s length away from the snake.
An area recently bitten by a snake will almost immediately swell and darken to a blue-black color. A tingling sensation and nausea will soon follow for the snakebite victim. The causes of human death by snake bite range from hypotension to cardiopulmonary arrest.
You can’t depend on a rattlesnake to let you know he’s there. Rattlesnakes won’t always rattle before they bite. Baby rattlers don’t have rattles yet, but they can be the most lethal snakes since they are not experienced enough to know you are too big to eat. Therefore, they will load you up with venom without warning.
If you are bitten by a snake and get to a hospital in time, it may take between 10 to 30 vials of anti-venom to rid you of the poison. These vials can cost about $650 each. All in all, a snake bite doctor bill may cost up to $35,000.
Many people have snake phobias, even about non-poisonous snakes. If snakes are known to be in your home, yard or business, just the knowledge of that can affect quality of life and worker productivity.
Snakes in the attic, wall or crawlspace will make slithering noises as they move and hunt for food. Snake sounds can keep you awake at night and be very scary or annoying.
If a snake should choose to die in your home or business, the dead-snake odor may emanate into the living quarters.
Snake scat is very unsightly, and large amounts of it may lead to a snake-odor problem. Snake scat can consist of hair, feathers and teeth. Snake scat can carry salmonella (see question #5 snake diseases below). If a snake is living in your yard, home or business, your chance of being exposed to snake disease is highly likely due to the snake waste left behind.
All these snake pest problems will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has a snake infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix the snake problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to snake problems or the bat, insect or rodent problem that is tempting snakes.
Q-5. I HEARD SNAKES CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Yes—snakes can carry diseases. Snakes can be host to a large number of parasites, which in turn, can affect humans, dogs and cats. Protozoa can cause digestive, respiratory and reproductive illnesses in snakes, humans and other animals. Tapeworms are parasites of the digestive system. Roundworms can damage the lungs and digestive tract. Snakes carry the bacteria salmonella on their skin. People who pick up salmonella bacteria can become seriously ill with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills. Salmonella can also affect the blood. Snake salmonella can be spread through snake fecal matter, also called “scat.”
Q-6. I HEARD INSECTS LIVE ON SNAKES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Little critters can get a ride on a snake’s back and the closer you are to the snakes, the more chance you have of coming into contact with mites and ticks.
Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.
Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl into buildings that snakes are living in or under, and travel great distances to attach themselves to people.
A bug living in a snake den can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the snake den and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the snake abandons its den for any reason, the whole caboodle of snake bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our snake control experts remove snake dens, snake scat and other garbage after all the snakes have been removed.
Snakes are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Snake bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by snakes, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness.
Q-7. HOW CAN I GET RID OF SNAKES SO THEY WON’T HURT MY DOG, CAT OR LIVESTOCK?
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A. Snakes will not hesitate to bite your dog or cat. Many dogs and cats get snake bites when they bend down to investigate the snake and it strikes at their head or nose. A snake’s venom causes tissue damage in a dog or cat that gets a snake bite.
It’s also a common occurrence for snakes to bite sheep, goats, cattle and other livestock. These animals can be killed by snake bites as they graze or play in the fields.
An area recently bitten by a snake will almost immediately swell and darken to a purple-black color. A tingling sensation and nausea will soon follow for the snake-bite victim. Since dogs and cats can’t speak like a child, it can be very hard to make a swift diagnosis that a house pet has a snake bite, and therefore the dog or cat may be even more likely to die.
Q-8. I WANT TO TRAP OR KILL A SNAKE MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. We understand the desire to take care of a snake problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and death by snake bite. Snakes have great confidence in defending themselves against other animals, including humans, and they are not likely to back away from a conflict with you. They’ll strike at and bite humans without hesitation.
Shooting is not a good option to get rid of snakes. The snake removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing snakes, and then offer snake prevention ideas and techniques. Ironically, most snake bites occur during the act of a human cornering a snake and trying to kill it.
A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult snake, only to smell the nasty odor of baby snake carcasses rotting in or under the house or business. It can take several months, depending on snake size and the time of year, for a snake’s body to decompose, and even longer for the odor to dissipate. Along with decomposing bodies come maggots and other bugs, including fly larvae.
Remember, the United States is home to many species of poisonous snakes. It is very difficult for an amateur to know how to tell if a snake is poisonous. If you see a snake in your home, yard or business, call United Wildlife’s snake control experts immediately.
All in all, snakes are good members of the ecosystem. Snakes excel at rodent control and if all snakes were killed, humans would surely miss snakes’ contributions. It is only when snakes, especially poisonous snakes, come into close contact with humans that snake trapping and snake prevention need to happen.
Q-9. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S SNAKE PEST CONTROL HELP ME GET RID OF MY SNAKE PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of snakes from attics, walls, crawlspaces, woodpiles, homes, sheds, porches and other hard-to-reach locations through special snake trapping techniques, snake repellents and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the snake will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the snake will be treated in a humane manner.
United Wildlife’s snake trappers use a variety of snake live traps and body-gripping traps, depending on the kind of snake infestation and federal, county and state laws.
If a snake has already died under or in your home, attic, crawlspace or porch, our professional snake trappers have dead-snake removal services and can also help clear odors caused by dead snakes. United Wildlife’s snake cleanup experts can also clean snake scat out of your home or business, preventing the spread of salmonella and other snake diseases.
We’re professional snake trappers who will travel to any location to get the snakes out. We can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas and want to perform pest control for snakes by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. Either way, we will work with you to solve your snake invasion. There is not a snake problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional snake trapping service. Call us at 1-888-488-1415.
Q-10. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR SNAKE REMOVAL OR TO GET RID OF SNAKES?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s snake trapping specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per snake, number of service calls and time spent on project. Prices will vary depending on severity of the snake problem. Depending on the amount of snakes and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the snake problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of snake control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of snakes.
United Wildlife snake experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.
Q-11. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE SNAKE CONTROL GETS RID OF THE SNAKES?
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A. After our snake removal experts have taken care of the snake problem, it is best to contain or properly secure any food sources the snakes may have been enjoying. Don’t entice other snakes to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future scaled friends from entering.
United Wildlife’s snake blockers can install special products which block snakes from entering your home or business. These products include snake repellent mixtures, slick snake fences and other snake-blocking sealants.
A great way to prevent a snake problem is to get rid of any mice, rat, bird, chipmunk or bat infestations you may have. Please see United Wildlife’s rodent, chipmunk, bird and bat infestation pages to learn how to get rid of mice, rats, chipmunks and bats. United Wildlife’s rodent extermination experts, bird extermination experts and bat extermination/control experts can help you install a rodent control system, bird control system or bat control system to keep mice, birds, chipmunks, bats and rats away so that snakes will not be tempted by them as a food source.
Do remember that snakes are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the snake removal field, a particular snake situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent snakes in your house or business in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional snake removal and all snake solutions are custom-made and custom-priced.
In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional snake trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.