Finding snakes in the home presents numerous problems, particularly if the snake is venomous. Snakes that feel threatened by pets or small children may end up biting them as a result. Of the 120 snake species in the United States, 17 are venomous, and most people cannot tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snake varieties. If you are unsure if a snake is venomous, refrain from handling it with rods or other tools. Instead try setting snake traps, though heavy snake infestations may require professional care.
Set up a snake trap in areas snakes are known to frequent, such as the garage, basement or pool area. Purchase a commercial snake trap or use a small animal cage. If you are unsure where high-traffic snake areas in your home are, place lines of cornstarch or flour along doorways to create a visible snake trail.
Poke holes in your snake trap if applicable to allow the scent of the bait to escape. Place the bait, such as a newly-dead mouse, inside the cage. The snake should be unable to escape small cages as it becomes too fat to escape through the bars after its meal. If using a commercial snake trap, use a glue trap that will render the snake unable to escape.
Call your local animal control for help removing the snake from your property. If using a cage to catch the snake, you may want to re-release the snake into a nearby wooded area, though calling animal control is still a good idea in terms of proper snake handling tips.
Practice preventive methods to avoid further snake problems. These include removing all brush piles and debris from your property, as snakes use these for cover. Patch all holes in your walls and stuff old towels underneath doorways if applicable.
Seal all dustbins to eliminate food sources for snake prey, such as rats.
Severe snake infestations may require the installation of fencing, with the fence going a foot or two into the ground.
Tips and warnings
- Severe snake infestations may require the installation of fencing, with the fence going a foot or two into the ground.