Snake Control and Enounters
It is snake season, and as the slithering sliders become more active, more people encounter them. What should you do if you encounter a snake? How do you get rid of them? These questions are things we hear every year. Keep reading as we pass along some advice on snakes and snake encounters.
The Good News About Snakes
The excellent news about snakes is that only a few species are dangerous. The rattlesnakes, copperheads, and other pit vipers are all venomous. The rest will bite but pose little risk to human life. Chances are the snakes you see around your yard are likely not a danger to you or your pets, but it pays to be sure. Plus, snakes provide a benefit in that they help to control rodent populations.
How To Tell If Snakes Are In Your Yard?
Usually, people spot snakes around the yard, but they can be there, and you may never notice them. A good indicator that something is amiss in the yard is to listen to the Blue Jays. Many snakes climb trees and feed on bird eggs and young nestlings. The blue days are very diligent about looking for danger. If you hear them squawking, you can investigate. It might just be a cat, but it could also be a snake. If you look, be careful.
What To Do If You See A Snake?
First, leave it alone. You can call us as we have the experience and all of the proper tools to remove and relocate snakes safely. We even remove snakes from under buildings.
When Snakes Strike
We are far too big to be food for a snake. When snakes strike, it is because we’ve provoked them, and they feel threatened. Rattlesnakes, for example, are usually timid creatures. Generally, if left alone, they will slither off to a safer location.
It is essential to be aware of your environment – Especially on cement, hardscape, and pavement—snakes like the heat. If your front door is a sunny location, look before you leave the house. Snakes have bitten many people because people accidentally step on basking snakes. That type of accident is easy to avoid if you look before you leave.
Yard Care and Snake Encounters
Garden with care. Pulling weeds is easy, but plants also provide cover for snakes to hunt. Their big predators are birds of prey. Tallgrass helps the snakes to hide in the daytime. Keep your yard manicured to remove the cover that snakes use. If you are weed eating, work in one direction and keep away from the taller grass. You won’t hear a rattlesnake over a weed eater. By working in one direction, you remove the grass, and any snakes in the area will leave.
Snakes also have an extensive area in which they hunt. Just because there are no snakes in the yard today, does not mean there will not be snakes tomorrow.
For more information on pest control, including snake identification and removal, give us a call. We have the experience and tools to remove snakes safely. Our professionals provide affordable and comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.