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How Do I Identify A Snake Problem?

Appearance - Snakes come in a wide variety of lengths and colors, ranging from a dark gray or brown to a reddish coloring. Patterns on snakes will vary by species. The most common native snakes range in size from six inches to three feet when fully grown. They are all legless, have a forked tongue, and covered in scales.

Behavior - Snakes are most active when temperatures are mild, as they cannot survive extreme heat or cold. You may find a discarded snake skin on your property since snakes will shed their skins as they grow. Both venomous and non-venomus snakes may bite when threatened. While seeing one snake may not be indicative of an infestation, depending on the type of snake, it could be a cause for alarm and should be followed by a prompt call to us to assess the situation.

Why Could I Have Snakes?

Snakes hide in grass, under wood piles and may even come out to sun themselves depending on the time of year and temperature. Rodents are a favored food source for many snakes. If you have a rodent problem, a snake problem may follow.

Snakes mean no harm in their residency, but having one or many nearby is a source of concern, especially if they have moved indoors.

Why Should I Treat My Snake Problem Immediately?

Having one snake is concerning enough, but if the snake begins to breed and you have a nest of snakes, then that can cause even more anxiety.

Snake bites, whether poisonous or not, can be painful and require medical attention. Non-poisonous snakes can cause deep wounds that can become infected or need stitches. Poisonous snakes can sometimes only give a person less than ten minutes to seek treatment before irreparable damage occurs, so avoiding this situation with snake control is necessary for you and your family.

Calling us can allow you and your family to be around your property without any fear of a snakebite. We will come to assess the snake problem and provide snake control to keep your family safe.

How to Get Rid of Snakes

Not all snakes are dangerous. There are many beneficial snake species, including the Garter snake. Many other snakes are similarly harmless to humans. However, there are a large number of poisonous and dangerous snakes in the United States. Whether these snakes can invade depends on where you live. But, certain areas of the country may struggle with infestations of copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, pit vipers, kingsnakes, and more.

It can be hard to tell if the snakes in your yard are dangerous or not. So, if you notice the sign of a snake infestation, you should act immediately.

How Do I Spot a Snake Problem?

Just seeing a single snake does not mean it is the only one in your yard. You could easily have many other snakes that stay out of sight. The following signs indicate a large snake problem.

  1. Sunbathing snakes.
    Snakes are reptiles. That means they are cold-blooded. The best time to spot a snake in your yard is when the sun is out. Snakes may lay in sunny areas to warm up.
  2. Lots of snakeskins.
    Seeing a lot of snakeskins in your yard indicates a large number of snakes on the property. Snakes shed their skins as they grow. Depending on the variety, they may shed four to twelve times per year. Therefore, the more snakeskins you find, the more snakes there are in your yard.
  3. Slithering tracks in your yard.
    Snakes do not have appendages. They have to slither to move. This creates a distinctive track that can be easily seen in dirt. You could also pour flour on a flat surface to see if it shows the classic slithering marks caused by snakes.

How Do I Get Rid of Snakes?

If you notice any of the signs above, then you likely have a snake infestation. You could decide to try and determine which type of snake is infesting. This can be challenging, especially if you are not a snake expert. By far the best thing is to get rid of any snakes living in your area.

Here are a few ways to get rid of those pesky snakes.

  1. Don't let your lawn get too long.
    Snakes like cover. If you keep your grass trimmed, it will be less likely to invade your yard.
  2. Seal any area under your home and outbuildings.
    This will prevent snakes from living in these areas and reproducing.
  3. Use a snake repellent.
    You can find snake-specific repellents. These may help to keep snakes out of your yard, but they do not work as well for getting rid of existing snakes.
  4. Use a professional pest removal company.
    Snake removal by a professional is the best choice. It will ensure that all of the snakes are removed from your yard. Additionally, you will not have to worry about handling potentially dangerous snakes. Professional exterminators have the knowledge and equipment to keep them safe. If you are interested in snake removal, contact GoLocal Pest Control. We can help you find the best exterminators in your area.

How To Prevent Snakes

Many people do not like snakes. These ancient, slithering reptiles are very creepy-looking. There are also many species of poisonous snakes, which can worry many homeowners. While there are only thirty species of venomous snakes in the United States, they are found all over the country. In fact, at least one type of venomous snake can be found in every state, except Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Alaska.

It can be hard to tell the poisonous snakes from the benign ones. Therefore, it is best to prevent snakes from making a home in your yard. Here are a few ways to keep snakes out.

Why Do I Have Snakes?

Understanding why snakes are attracted to your yard is a good first step. Most often you will have snakes because of the following reasons.

  1. Your yard has food.
    What snakes eat depends on their species. But a lot of animals make the list. Most often snakes will eat insects, fish, birds, bats, worms, and small mammals. If your yard has any of this prey, it may attract snakes. Often a big snake problem begins with overwatering. A moist yard will attract rodents and amphibians. These animals bring snakes into your yard because there is suddenly an abundant food supply.
  2. Your yard has shelter.
    Another main reason your yard may have a snake problem is shelter. Snakes, like most animals, need a place to live. They prefer a sheltered location where they can hide. Birdhouses, firewood, mulch, and rocky areas are all common snake hiding places. A yard with lots of shelters may end up with a snake issue.

How Do I Prevent Snakes?

Snakes may occasionally slither into and out of your yard. That is not a huge cause for concern. But you don't want snakes making your yard their home. Follow these tips to prevent snakes from gaining a foothold.

  1. Keep your yard mowed and tidy.
    A yard with few places to hide will not be attractive to snakes. You may always have a woodpile or a birdhouse. Yet, by keeping your grass cut and clutter picked up, you can prevent a major snake infestation.
  2. Install a snake-proof fence.
    Fences that extend at least two feet above ground and two to four inches below the soil will help prevent snakes. The fence should be made of thick, rigid mesh. This will keep the snakes from climbing over, burying under, or slipping through the fence.
  3. Cover all drains and vents with galvanized screening.
    Adding galvanized screening over any drains and vents will prevent snakes from taking up residence in these locations. If your yard is prone to snakes, you may also want to seal any cracks or crevices in your buildings and yard. The fewer places there are for snakes to live, the better.
  4. Contact a good snake removal company.
    The best way to ensure your home and yard are ssnake-proof is to contact an exterminator. They can walk you through the best ways to prevent snakes. Finding an exterminator that specializes in snakes can be hard. That's why GoLocal Pest Control is here to help. We can help you find the top companies in your area. Contact us today to learn more.

What Do Snakes Look Like?

Snakes are another pest that is both beneficial and potentially dangerous. Some snakes are good to have around, especially if you have a garden. They eat insects and rodents that can harm your crops. However, there are at least one species of dangerous snake in every state except Alaska, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. So, you should definitely be careful if you notice a snake in your yard.

Snakes are notoriously hard to identify. While everyone has likely seen a snake, many species look similar to one another. For example, the non-poisonous red rat snake, scarlet kingsnake, Florida scarlet snake, and Sonoran shovel-nosed snake can all be mistaken for the poisonous coral snake.

Knowing what the most common types of snakes look like is important in snake control. In the rest of this article, we will help you distinguish between the different kinds of snakes.

How Many Species of Snake Are There?

Snakes have been around for over 100 million years. The four earliest known snakes were alive during the Middle Jurassic. They likely survived on the giant dinosaur's eggs. Scientists believe that snakes evolved on land from lizards. The lizards were likely either aquatic or burrowing.

The oldest venomous snake fossil is around 20 million years old. So, the four earliest known snakes were not venomous. That was a later adaptation.

Today snakes are abundant in the world. There are approximately 3,600 known species to be exact. Snakes live everywhere except Antarctica. Of those 3,600 known snake species, only about fifty live in the United States. Most snakes live in tropical or subtropical locations. Australia has a third of the world's snakes, with over 1,000 species. Mexico is a close second with 957 species of snake.

Of the 50 snakes species in the U.S., thirty are venomous. There are 23 different species of rattlesnake, three species of the coral snake, two species of cottonmouth snake, and two species of copperheads.

What Do Snakes Look Like?

Thirty venomous snakes may seem like a lot, but as you can see above, these dangerous snakes fall into just four categories. After giving a general description of a snake, we will discuss these four varieties of venomous snakes in more detail.

All snakes have a long, thin body with no appendages. They are covered in scales. Their eyes do not have eyelids, which distinguishes snakes from legless lizards. Venomous snakes have two fangs that are filled with venom. Non-poisonous snakes do not have fangs.

  1. Rattlesnake:
    Rattlesnakes are usually a tan color with diamond markings along its body. It is most distinguished by the rattle on the end of its tail.
  2. Coral snake:
    Coral snakes are extremely vibrant. They have alternating red and black sections, with yellow bands separating the sections.
  3. Cottonmouth:
    These snakes are also called water moccasins. They can be brown or black or light-colored with dark crossbands.
  4. Copperhead:
    Copperheads have a thick body. They are red-brown with a copper-colored, unmarked head.

Identifying snakes is important in keeping your family safe. It's better to be safe than sorry. If you see a snake in your yard, it is best t contact an exterminator. The best options in your area are provided by GoLocal Pest Control.

How to Find an Exterminator to Help with Snakes

Snakes are another pest with hundreds of species. There are snakes in every state, except Alaska. Thankfully, there are only approximately thirty species of poisonous snake in the United States. Most of these are rattlesnakes. The widespread nature of poisonous snakes means that you are likely to run into one at some point. You need a plan to get that dangerous snake out of your yard.

The best snake prevention and removal are provided by professionals. Make sure you have the number of a good snake exterminator. This is why when you have a snake infestation, you know who to call.

What Should I Look for in a Snake Exterminator?

To be prepared to handle a snake problem, you need to find a good exterminator. The pest control company must be experienced in treating snake infestations. This can be an issue in some places. Not all exterminators handle snakes.

The most important question to ask when calling an unknown exterminator is "do you have experience removing snakes?" If the exterminator says yes, you should move on to the following questions.

  1. What is the worst snake infestation your company has dealt with?
  2. How does your snake removal work?
  3. How do I know if I have dangerous snakes in my yard?
  4. Will I need to leave as you treat my snake problem?
  5. Are your methods toxic?
  6. Do you guarantee your success?

What Should I Expect from Snake Exterminators?

Whether you have a snake in your home or yard, it needs to be removed quickly. The top exterminators will help you deal with your snake issue immediately. They will likely use the following procedure.

  • The visit will begin with the inspection. The technician will attempt to find where the snake is hiding. This is easy if the snake has entered your home. Finding snakes in your yard may take a little more time.
  • After the technician finds the snake or snakes, it is time for the snake removal. Some exterminators will attempt to trap and relocate the snake. Others will take action to kill the snake. Talk with your technician about the technique their company prefers.
  • Finally, once the snake is gone, the technician may discuss options for preventing snakes in the future. This may include removing pests, like rodents and insects, that snakes eat. It could also mean sealing any holes or cracks in your foundation so the snakes cannot reenter your home.

How Do I Find an Exterminator to Help with Snakes?

The best exterminator for snakes will be local. Your neighborhood exterminator will be more familiar with snakes in your area. They are also more likely to create a personalized approach to treating your snake problem.

If you are looking for the top snake exterminator in your location, try GoLocal Pest Control. We are your source for the top exterminators anywhere in the country. No matter where you live, you can find good snake control with GoLocal Pest Control.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Pest Control Service?

When you're looking to hire a pest control service (aka exterminator), you can expect to pay anywhere from $110 to $290 per treatment.

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