Inspections - How To Find Snake Areas
Take a good look around your property. You want to find areas that are attractive to snakes, and eliminate those areas.
1 - Cut back vegetation. The more thick vegetation and places to hide, the more snakes you'll attract. Of course, this applies to
ground-level vegetation. You don't need to trim your trees.
2 - Look for any gaps under concrete or stones. Snakes LOVE these areas - they want to crawl into a tight crevice, and rocks retain heat
that they like. Fill in any such gaps with dirt or gravel or a sealant.
3- Inspect your house - look for gaps under bricks, ground level concrete, gaps under garage doors or other doors. If you have a screened-in
porch or pool area, those doors are very vulnerable, and look for holes in the screen. Any tight spot that snakes can use to get in (either on
purpose or by accident - many snakes end up inside homes by accident!) and seal those gaps shut! For doors, use weather stripping.
How do you find a snake in your yard or on your property? It can be hard. Snakes are great at hiding. They are
camouflaged, they slither into
good hiding places. Usually persistence and ground covered is the best way to find them. But you can also just leave them alone!
This site used to be run by a guy who offered phone advice for snakes at
$45 per 15-minute call, $5 a minute after that. Or $200 for a phone call
on the weekends. To talk about snakes. With a man who sounds like he was
a real treat to speak with. He also offered multi-thousand dollar snake
inspections, in which he presumably told you what you could do to make
your land less hospitable to snakes. Here is the original wonderful text
that he posted on this site. Enjoy!
Inspection and Removal Service
We perform onsite, non-emergency inspections of properties, interiors,
grounds, crawlspaces and attics for commercial, government and
Our Interior Residential Site-Service Consists of Six Steps:
Our service includes a thorough, comprehensive inspection and evaluation of
the site stipulated in the contract.
The systematic location, capture and removal of any physically accessible
snakes found in the service area. Please note that by physically
accessible we mean any snake that can be reached without resorting to
structural or appliance disassembly, excavation or the use of demolition
or pyrotechnics (and yes, we've actually been asked to do all of these,
though of course, we declined).
The completion of the site diagnostic step begun during our telephone
service consultation. 99% of our caseload can be sub-classified into one
of the following types of snake activity: 1) itinerant or anomalous, 2)
sporadic and 3) chronic.
Preventive or reductive measures. This section is also called the
identification of species-specific points of attractiveness. There are
over 115 species of snakes and countless sub-species of snakes
recognized by the scientific community as living in the United States
alone. They have different requirements, eat different types of prey and
may even reproduce differently. We will determine if there are points of
attractiveness present in or around the home that would serve to either
attract or serve to sustain a given population of snakes. Your prompt
removal of these points of attractiveness or your modification of those
which cannot be removed will deprive snakes of a motive to remain there
Identification of existing or developing points of access or entry leading
into structures. Since the abilities of different species of snakes vary
greatly (some are great climbers others - from the back of the remedial
climbing class, are less so) and since it is often the species of snake
which determines the openings most likely to be used, you can imagine
how many openings are overlooked by laypersons and by the various
problem generalist who momentarily insert themselves into our field. We
will identify openings usable by snakes (90% of which can be filled by
the average homeowner without having to hire a contractor). Keeping
doors closed is not a bad idea either.
A detailed familiarization brief. Peace of mind and more precisely it's
absence is why most of our clients initially contact us. Our
familiarization brief is designed to enable a layperson to gain a better
understanding of the snakes in their areas. How to distinguish the
species with the capacity to inflict enormous medical costs and serous
threats to the health of loved ones from those that are not only benign
but (when found outside one's home) are often quite beneficial to
humanity. We have often been told that this part of our service alone is
will worth the cost. This goes a long way toward getting domestic
harmony back on track in the vast majority of our cases. Some people,
especially those whose snake encounters also involved either a bed or a
commode, appear to take somewhat longer than others to be fully at ease
in their homes again. Being supportive of them - even by doing little
things, like keeping one's belts picked up off the bedroom floor, seems
to go along way towards getting back on track.
Our knowledge, time, and experience are our inventory. In a slow year we
get 5,000 calls. it takes at least 15 to 20 minutes to provide a Service
Consultation to every caller we talk with. Costly experience has taught
us we simply cannot talk to everyone. The only way for us to know that
we are talking to someone who is serious about addressing their snake
concern is by charging a Service Consultation fee of $45 dollars. Those
who place value on their time become our clients. You will be talking
with someone with at least 25 year of experience in working with snakes.
We will even apply the Service Consultation fee towards the cost of the
Site Service provided that we receive your faxed Service Contract within
two business days of the Service Consultation. Should someone decide not
to use our Site Service and they have not sent in their service
contract, then the $45 Service Consultation fee is all that is ever
charged. This has enabled us to avoid raising our rates since 1996.
The On-site Inspections and Removals are generally provided within 24 to
96 hours after the contract is returned. On-site Inspections and
Removals are offered in over 24+ states coast to coast. All telephone
calls to schedule local inspections are received at our National Home
Office and are returned from there. The office hours are 9AM to 5PM CST,
Monday through Friday. You may fill out either the Residential Service
Consultation (Secure Site) form or the Commercial Consultation (Secure
site) form schedule the inspection on line anytime, at your convenience.