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Why snake removal is better left to the professionals

Published: October 15, 2020
Why snake removal is better left to the professionals

Did you get the scare of your life when you found a coiled-up snake waiting for you in the bathroom? Or do you think twice about stepping out into the lawn after seeing snakes there a few times?

This is quite common, especially in spring when snakes get more active and tend to migrate towards the heat. And it is usually a hole leading from their den to your home that makes it so much easier for them to enter your home.

The good news is that unless provoked, non-poisonous snakes do not generally harm humans. So it theoretically means that it is better to leave them alone if you see one. They will then slowly crawl away to safety.

However, it is apparent that you can’t have a snake at home and will want to remove it. This is better left to the professionals who know the right and safe techniques to remove snakes.

But if you are confident enough to do it yourself, you could try some of these effective snake removal options.

Identify the snake

Identify the snake

Before you attempt anything, it is imperative that you try to identify the snake first.

You can remove and shift the snake to somewhere where it won’t affect much human movement if you recognize and know that it’s safe and docile.

However, it is better to leave them alone if you can’t identify the snake, and it seems to be deadly. In this case, you need to keep your distance as far away from them as possible, and call the professionals.

Snake removal using tongs or hoods

If you are sure you can move them, then you can make use of tongs, snake hoods, or snake grabbers to remove them. The reason is that they are long enough to give you a protective distance from the reptile.

It’s for this very reason that you should not use any tools or hands for snake removal. It can prove deadly to you. After capturing the snake, place it in a sack, and take it as far away from the capture site as possible.

Using snake traps

There are various snake traps you can try to capture the snake and then remove it from your home surroundings.

Plastic snake traps are durable and weather-resistant. While cardboard variants have a large entry hole, they are not weather-resistant. Both of them come with snake glue boards and are reusable.

As snakes tend to follow your foundation base, it’s better to place the snake traps in these areas.

You however have to call the professionals if you are unsure about moving it. You can at the most create a barrier between yourself and the snake to keep you safe till they come.

Preventive measures

Preventive measures

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Once the snake is removed, the next step is to use these preventive measures to ensure you don’t get another snake at home.

  • Snakes enjoy being calm and relaxed and prefer such environments. So it means you need to get rid of any unnecessary bushes and holes in your home. They make perfect abodes for snakes to inhabit and feel comfortable in. Also, avoid having wood log stacks or wooden instruments stored in areas around your home, attracting them.
  • Even damp and moist places make perfect breeding sites for snakes. It could be signs that your home or property needs a proper renovation to eliminate these spots.
  • Snake fences are beneficial at keeping snakes at bay. It can keep them out totally.
  • Even snake repellents help keep snakes at bay. It’s because they emit an unpleasant odor and bitter taste, which is harmful to snakes. Make it a habit to spray them every three to four weeks once spring sets into autumn. They work best in closed spaces like basements, arms, tool sheds, and crawl spaces. They are not that effective in open areas where there is lots of air.
  • Find out how the snake got inside in the first place so that you can shut all entry points.

In short, if you find a snake at home, then it’s better to hire a wildlife professional for its removal. It is not easy to identify snakes, especially if you have never seen one before.

It is not worth attempting to remove it yourself so that you can save money. There is the risk of getting a snake bite, which can prove poisonous if it’s a dangerous snake.

Snake Trapping, Removal, & Prevention


When cornered, snakes will try to strike out and bite, so contacting a trained wildlife removal specialist is the safest option when it comes to ridding private properties of the problematic reptiles.

Many people who find themselves dealing with snake problems in or around homes are mostly concerned with whether or not the snake is venomous. In reality, majority of snake problems are caused by non-venomous snakes,as only less than 15% of all snakes are venomous. However, one should never assume that a snake in or around the house is non-venomous.

If you have a snake inside your house, it must be physically removed. We can remove the snake by hand or set traps to catch the snake if it’s gone by the time we arrive. But removing the snake is not enough. We must also find out how the snake got into the house and seal any entry points. Snakes can climb, swim, and crawl so it’s important to seal the entire home.

Info about types of snakes found in Georgia

Management and Nuisance Control

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Snakes are an important component of Georgia’s ecosystem because of their major role as both a predator and prey. Snakes are economically beneficial because they eat rats, mice and other animals deemed to be pests. Some snakes have been used as bioindicators to assess pollutants in terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems.

Unfortunately, many species of snakes are declining as a result of human activities. Thankfully, of the 41 snake species that occur in Georgia, only one – the eastern indigo snake – is considered legally threatened. All snakes, except venomous ones, are protected in the state of Georgia. found in areas bordering streams, swamps or farm ponds.

Management and Nuisance Control

Snake Trapping, Removal, & Prevention

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