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 ALONEMaybe 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 PROFESSIONALWe can solve your snake problem for you. Our nationwide group of snake specialists services 95% of the US population. Click here to find your local snake removal expert in your town. Below are just some of our more popular areas:
Option 3 - BUY A SNAKE TRAPIf a snake is indoors, a trap will work. I do not recommend using a glue-based trap outdoors, because it can inhumanely catch other small critters. I have reviewed and field tested several snake trap designs, and the one featured below is the most durable and effective. It is the highest quality snake trap available on the market. Read more about Snake Trap.
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Option 4 - HABITAT MODIFICATION & EXCLUSIONThere'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:
- 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.
The following remedies do not work:
- 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 REPELLENTI 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 LineMany 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 Topic of the month: How do snakes smell their environment?As with any other animal, snakes will rely on their senses in order to be aware of what is going around them, but the structure of the sense organs are not the same, and in some cases they are totally unique.
Even though snakes have a large nose that they can use to smell, their Jacobson’s organ is the one with the ability of taste-scent of the environment. It offers useful information on the surroundings. The organ has two activities that lay side by side on the roof of the mouth of the snake. The animal will flicker the forked tongue out, but on its own it has no true sense of its taste. It will collect the chemical particles in the air and it will transfer them to a sensitive lining at the Jacobson’s organs while it is being drawn back in the mouth. This is how the snake is able to taste-scent the area that surrounds it. It can locate and track a prey or find a mate and avoid the predators.
Since snakes spend more time in the ground, their sight is not that important and their eyes have degenerated. Snakes are short-sighted and their retina has a unique kind of light sensitive cell in the double cone. As living underground has reduced the need to have good eyesight, it also removes the importance of hearing the airborne sounds, and this is why snakes have lost their eardrum with the middle ear structure. This makes the snake deaf. However, the snake can be sensitive to the vibrations on the ground like when footsteps approach where it is. This will be transmitted in the inner ear within the bones of the skull. The inner ear will also help the snake to maintain the balance.
Snakes also have a range of other sense organs and most of them are familiar to people. The bodies have pressure receptors and the skin is sensitive to the touch and it can detect the heat, which is an advantage taking into account that it is cold-blooded and it needs to warm itself. There are some sense organs that are not found in other animals. One example is the colubrid snakes that possess specialized organs on the vents and on the lower jaws, and this plays a role in their courtship and in mate selection. The pit vipers and rattlesnake have developed infra-red sensors and they enable them making sense of their body heat and that of their warm-blooded prey. Such night sights are accurate and they let the snake judge the distance of their prey and to hunt the rodents successfully when they are in total darkness or underground. The snakes have everything needed to explore their surroundings while some of the sense organs are different from those of humans.
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