I built this website as a resource for people who want to get rid of a snake problem. I am a snake control expert with 15 years of experience, and I am friends with hundreds of other snake removal experts. This website provides practical
tips and resources for you to solve any problem you may have with a snake in your home or snakes on your property.
Option 1 - WALK AWAY AND LEAVE THE SNAKE ALONE
Maybe the snake is just passing through your yard. Maybe it's a harmless snake, and even good to have around. Not every snake sighting is cause for alarm or active snake removal. You can
read this guide: Is it Venomous?
, or look at my many Snake Photos
, or pictures of dangerous snakes such as the Copperhead Snake
the Cottonmouth Snake
, or common harmless ones like the Garter Snake
If you must remove a snake, you basically have four options for getting rid of your snake(s). First, you can call a professional wildlife expert from my below directory. This person can catch and remove the snake(s) and take other actions necessary to solve the snake problem. Second,
you can purchase a snake trap if you wish to catch the snake yourself. Third, you can modify your land and seal up your house to help keep snakes away and out of the house. Fourth, you can try a snake repellent.
Option 2 - HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
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Option 3 - BUY A SNAKE TRAP
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Option 4 - HABITAT MODIFICATION & EXLUSION
There's a reason you have snakes on your property or in your house. Your property is in an area of the country that has snakes (that includes most areas), and your property has features that are attractive to snakes. Most commonly, this means that your
property is full of debris that attracts snakes. Snakes like a safe place to live and hunt and hide, and places to crawl in. So vegetation is a big snake attractor. So you can, if you wish,
eliminate or trim back heavy vegetation. But more than that, if
you have any rocks, sidewalk, plywood, a shed, or anything else that snakes can crawl under and den in, then you've REALLY got some attractive snake habitat. Eliminate all of these areas. Fill in gaps under rocks with dirt. Install an exclusion barrier,
like a steel screen, around your shed or deck. Get rid of plywood or bricks or other debris. You can also install a fine-mesh fence sloping outward at a 30 degree angle, or tall solid fence around the perimeter of your property. If you've got snakes in
your house, find out how they are getting in via a full inspection
of the house. Use a polyurethane foam such as Great Stuff to seal any openings, and install weather stripping where you find gaps
under doors. You can read more about How to Keep Snakes Away
here, but in summary:
The following remedies do not work:
- Eliminate debris such as wood or rock piles on the property.
- Cut down heavy brush or trim back hedges.
- Seal small gaps under doors or decks, etc.
- Use funnel type traps or glue board type traps along edges.
- Seal shut any entry points into the house.
- An extreme remedy would be a perimeter wide fence.
- Use of sisal rope around the property, as if the rope is tough on a snake's belly.
- Use of snake repellants such as sulphur, mothballs, or Snake-A-Way.
- Use of ultrasonic sound emitters (snakes can't hear, at least in high frequencies).
- Use of fake owls or hawk decoys.
Option 5 - USE A SNAKE REPELLENT
I included this section to inform and educate. Unfortunately, most snake repellents
don't work. Only rare specialty items such as
predator scents like mongoose urine or kingsnake musk have shown any (limited) effectiveness, and these aren't
available to the public. Many of my listed wildlife trappers have access to such materials, but they're not sold anywhere online or elsewhere. There are in fact many snake repellents marketed and sold, and if you want, go ahead and do
a Google search for "snake repellent", and you'll find all sorts of products. But they're bogus! Most are made of napthalene (mothball flakes) which DO NOT WORK and which just poison the environment! Don't use them! Or the products
contain sulphur or coyote urine. These are the same gimmick ingredients used in all generic animal repellents, like "rat-away" or "squirrel-repel". They are a scam, and they do not work! I have tested all of these products extensively
over many years in the field, and they are all, except for mongoose urine or kingsnake musk, totally bogus. And even the mongoose or kingsnake scents aren't a guarantee, and they wash away relatively quickly. Hiring a pro or setting a
trap is a much more effective option. The pro is more expensive, but the trap is about the same cost as a phony repellent. Oh, and forget anything that claims "ultrasonic sound" or vibrations or anything, those have been certified as
grade-a scams by the federal trade commission.
The Bottom Line
Many snakes are actually beneficial for the environment, and there's more harmless snakes than venomous ones. But if you are uncomfortable with snakes on your property, or you want to know how to get rid of snakes in your house,
you certainly have options. Typically, a professional snake removal expert is the best - they know how to get rid of snakes around the yard, in the basement, under a home, etc. from years of experience, and experience counts for
a lot. But a snake trap is also a very effective and viable option. Repellents simply don't work,
despite all the fancy-pants manufacturer claims. If you use a repellent, it's only a placebo, with no real effectiveness. Sealing your house against snakes is a good idea, and it can keep out bugs and mice as well. Altering
your property is a harder task, and there will always be snakes outside, but eliminating clutter is a good idea. If you do see a snake, and you are scared, just leave it alone. Most snake bites actually occur when people try
to kill snakes, or catch them by hand, or push them with a broom, or any other interaction. So just leave the snake alone, and call a pro or purchase a trap.
Snake Email of the month
Dear David, My name is Theresa and I live in Yonkers. I am writing to you because I desperately need your help!!! My husband and I have a humble home that is very well kept. We take pride in keeping it neat and clean paying
close attention to the grass and flowers on our property. However right smack next to our property is a vacant lot that is terribly neglected by the owners. The only thing separating this property from mine is a partial 5 foot
concrete wall. Through the years I have complained to my local building department, the board of health and the list goes on and on Needless to say they have done nothing???.The yard next to mine is rather large and so overgrown
with weeds that at one point the mice were so unbearable that I wouldn't let my children play in their own back yard. Then came the rats God they were terrible!! Part of this property faces a local high traffic area and people
think they can dump anything they want on it not realizing my house is behind it. This includes all kinds of garbage , left over fast food, baby diapers, etc. etc. Just when I thought we had it all under control THE SNAKES APPEARED.
At first it was 2 or 3 small ones mostly hanging around It was black with a yellow or white stripe going down its back. Now its at least 3 a day that We see. This makes my skin crawl. I am worried for my kids and the dog. I have a
beautiful yard that we can't enjoy. I've invested plenty of money on weed killer for someone else's yard. Mowed around it trying to keep it neat but now I've had it. And snakes ain't my thing!!!! Please help. I'm fearful for my
family and don't know if they are harmful or how to get rid of them. It's like their moving in. Luckily they are not in my house YET !!! I've contacted my local building department again as well as my councilmen's office but
waiting for an email response is going to get me no where. The clock is ticking and the snakes are accumulating rapidly. I am not going to pay another dime towards the clean up of this yard that doesn't belong to me if you could
understand that? Any advice or help you can offer me would be greatly appreciated Thank You - Theresa