What should you do if you have a snake problem?
There are probably very few people out there who like having snakes around them. At best, you don’t want to get closer to them than looking through a thick glass cage at the zoo.
Most humans naturally fear snakes and most urban residents can’t readily distinguish a poisonous snake from a non-poisonous snake. There are farmers and ranchers in rural areas who encourage certain non-poisonous snakes to take up residence in a barn, for example, to keep the rodent population down. But most people would prefer to get a cat instead!
As harmless as some snakes can be, most people don’t want them around and in that case they are a nuisance, and removing a snake from your property can be a dangerous proposition.
When you have a problem with snakes
The truth is that non-poisonous snakes are not a problem. Some handlers have been bit hundreds of times with no adverse effects. The harm done by a non-poisonous snake largely involves creating fear and maybe stress on the part of the victim; however, bacterial infections can occur at the site of the bite.
A bite from a poisonous snake is a different thing. It will cause swelling, turn tissue dark blue-black, and cause tingling and nausea. A pit viper bite, from copperheads, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths like those that make their homes in southern Louisiana, show two fang marks. Poisonous snake bites can also cause death but that danger is probably exaggerated in the minds of most people; however, side effects can cause long term disability or possibly loss of limb.
How to keep snakes away
The best way to get rid of snakes is to take away their habitat. Outdoors this might mean removing shelter from wood piles or raised structures like patios and decks. Snakes can also reside in heavy vegetation so keep your gardens neat and trim if possible and the grass cut.
Snakes also like to get indoors when conditions are suitable, especially if they are attracted to rodents and insects which are the major sources of food for snakes. Snakes often like cool, dark, and damp areas associated with buildings.
You have to close off all entry points to keep a snake out of a house or building. That includes openings 1/4 inch and larger. Places to check are corners of doors and windows, and around water pipes and electrical service openings. Holes in masonry should be sealed with mortar, and holes in wooden buildings can be sealed with mesh, hardware cloth or sheet metal.
If none of these methods work, or you just don’t have the time or patience to manage this checklist, it is time to call a professional.
Safely removing snakes
If you are one of the many people that can’t tell a poisonous snake from a harmless one, do not attempt to deal with your own snake problem. However, if you are brave enough to try a “do it yourself method” there are several brands of snake traps and repellants on the market.
But ultimately the best way to deal with a snake problem is catch and removal, and this should always be done by a trained wildlife control professional . Dial One Franklynn Pest Control uses humane catch and remove wildlife control methods, and is also a state approved wildlife removal company.