What To Do When a Snake Enters Your Home
It is that time of year again! The South Florida weather is at its prime. Tourists are swarming our beaches and soaking up as much sun as they can before they head back home to their winter havens. After a hot day of fun it is almost a natural occurrence to sit down at the end of the day, maybe with a cool drink, and of course, a great meal to put the correct end to an eventful day.
Just like human beings, there are many animals that are out trying to make the most of our weather as well! Animals tend to crawl and slither out in many different forms, shapes and sizes!
One of the most common occurrences that Floridians may notice in their homes at this time of year is something that not many people can say they are fans of: SNAKES!
Now relax, just because I mentioned the word snake does not mean that the monster from the movie “Anaconda” is under your bed sizing you up as we speak… no promises though.
Given the environment that we are surrounded by, mother nature has graced our great state with 50 different species of snakes. These snakes are some of the most diverse groups of snakes in our country. Anything from moccasins, coral snakes, rat snakes, pit vipers, pythons, and corn snakes to all of their other friends that share the land around us.
It is actually two quite simple reasons: food and your air conditioner.
Snakes typically find themselves in homes completely accidentally. Depending on how hot it is outside, they could be coming into your home to steal a bit of your cool air on an extremely hot day; say 90 degrees Fahrenheit or so. Snakes like to keep their body temperature at around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and prefer temperatures in the mid 80s. Whenever it gets hotter than that, they need to be in and out of cool places to help regulate their body temperature.
At this time they will find themselves into your home through the smallest crack or crease. Unless you have a professional company like Wildlife Troopers come in to examine and diagnose your situation, you may never be able to find these entry points yourself. In-home environments they tend to thrive in could be anything from walls, water pipes, attics, closets, drop ceilings, or any crawl space. Given the sleekness of their bodies, snakes can find themselves moving through almost anything.
The more serious problem occurs when they are entering your home for food. Many times a snake being the natural predator it is, will hunt its prey and seek out their hiding spaces. Anything from mice, rats, insects, or practically any pest will cause the snake to be interested in your home. This of course can create more than one serious issue. Not only do you have a snake problem, but you may have a rat, mice, or similar issue as well. This is when things tend to get tricky. Not only do snakes pose a problem when the enter your home, their prey tend to create just as much if not more of a problem as well. Rats for example are extremely viscous animals that will eat through anything. It could be your beloved wedding album, your 80’s and 90’s top 40 hits cassette, or your winter clothing, it just does not matter. These rats will eat through anything and make themselves at home.
Not only will the rats feel like they have found a cool new spot to chill in, if the snake feels comfortable in the environment; meaning a constant reliable source of food, the right temperature, and it feels right for the snake, they may very well create a nest in your home. These can be in places out of your sight; inside walls, inside leaky pipes, deep in the attic, etc.
This can obviously pose serious issues, an infestation of multiple snakes may occur when one snake creates a nesting area. Other snakes may seek it out and begin to breed in your home. Let’s use your attic as an example: if one snake gets into your attic from a tiny crease in your soffit that it had access to via a tree near the home, somewhere you never see unless you are up on your roof doing work on your home, it can create a home in your attic. Other pests will find the same entry and make their ways into the attic which gives the snake a great supply of food. When time to breed either other snakes may enter the attic to do so or a snake may leave the attic to hunt and come back pregnant. These scenarios create a domino effect of problems that you will now have in your home. Eventually, the snake will find an entry into your main living areas from your attic.
If a snake is already in your home, do not hesitate to contact Wildlife Troopers. Well trained professionals with years of experience in the field is exactly what you need to tackle this very serious infestation.
“But this snake looks harmless, why do I need to call a professional?”
Snakes are certainly a sketchy situation. As I stated above there are 50 different species of snakes in the state of Florida. 6 of which are venomous. These snakes should NEVER be handled by an untrained individual because the consequences could very well mean death or serious injury. If you believe that the snake is one of the 44 other non-venomous species in your home it still is not safe to handle the snake. A snake does not have to be venomous to be dangerous. One single bite from a snake can cause many dangers in the form of diseases and illnesses. These can be anything from salmonella, botulism, to leptospirosis. It is always recommended to call a professional and NEVER attempt to handle any snake on your own.
If you find a snake in your home please make sure and try to keep your eye on it at all times. While you are on the phone with Wildlife Troopers please notify them of any movements the snake is making. Doing so can help our trained professionals have a better idea of the snake’s entry point. Even when keeping your eye on the snake make sure to keep a safe distance away from the snake at all times.
There are lots of preventative measures that you can take to help decrease your risk of a snake infestation. These can be as simple as:
- Cut your grass often. Twice a week should be enough, although once a week is better. Snakes like to keep out of the eyes of their predators like hawks. Tall grass protects them in this way and makes it easier for them to travel.
- Clean all debris from your yard. Any sort of old wood, fire logs, dead leaves, bushes, rubber, or anything that can be of use to house and protect the snake should be removed from the yard. You want the snake to pass by your yard and keep moving, not stop and make itself at home.
- Flower pots, inflatable pools, boats, tarps, and children’s play areas where toys are kept should also be monitored closely. It is not hard for snakes to hide in these everyday items.
- Make sure to get rid of other pests as soon as you see them. If you spot rats, or any other pests, be sure to call Wildlife Troopers to take care of the issue before it attracts snakes. If it becomes too serious, then not only will those pests be putting yourself and your family in danger, but it could attract snakes that will only increase the risk of danger.
- Try to seal any visible cracks or openings in your home as best as you could. Do what you can to seal windows, doors, and clean pipes by simply running water down sinks and bath tubs that are not used as often as others. Sometimes when we never turn on at tub, that pipe becomes an easy access point for snakes and many other pests to enter your home. Running a good amount of water down those pipes every so often can help deter that entry.
At the end of the day anything can happen. Sometimes the best prevention just quite isn’t enough. We understand that snakes are unwelcome in your home and we are here to help you. Contact Wildlife Troopers for all of your snake and other pest removal needs. Our team of experts with a passion and love for what they do will be sure to come out to your home and take care of your pest issue!