reptiles, usually snakes, will find their way into or
near your home. In most cases, the animal is just
passing through and will disappear in a short amount of
time. Sometimes they decide to stick around a while, and
they can even "den" or "nest" on your property.
If you are experiencing a
problem with snakes, the best advice is to just leave
them alone. Consider this: snakes eat mice, rats, moles,
and other pests. They are a free source of rodent
control for your home or property. Snakes are an
important part of our local ecosystem.
If you absolutely cannot let
the snake remain where it is at, you should capture the
animal and release it in the nearest suitable
uninhabited area (within two miles) from the site found.
The best method of dealing with a snake problem is
prevention. Many items around your home may potentially
attract unwanted animals, and removing these items will
deter snakes and their prey from wanting to stay. Junk
piles, dead grass, mulch and compost heaps, wood piles,
heavy brush, rock walls, creek beds, low bushes around a
home, and many other sources of shelter make a nice cozy
place for snakes and their prey to hide.
If you have a snake in your
home, the animal can usually be coaxed towards an exit
by GENTLY using a broom. If this proves inadequate, the
animal can be picked up using a golf club, hook, garden
tool, or noose made out of a thick rope or other strong
material. The snake can be placed in a pillowcase or
cloth bag, sturdy plastic container or box with air
holes, garbage can, etc. Take the snake to the closest
undeveloped area away from other nearby residences.
If the snake is suspected of
being a venomous species, call for professional
assistance before attempting to handle the animal
yourself. While poisonous snakebites are extremely rare
and unlikely, they are possible. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CATCH
THE ANIMAL IF YOU SUSPECT IT MAY BE POISONOUS.