As temperatures drop across the country and winter approaches, animals and insects will be looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Mice, rats, squirrels, and insects are just some of the pests that will try to get into your home. Here in Georgia, we have more to worry about than rodents and bugs. We also have snakes, and some of them are venomous. Of all the things that could get into your house this winter, snakes are the most dangerous. Here are some ways you can keep these slithering serpents out of your home this winter.
Why Do Snakes Want To Come Into My Home?
When you spot a snake in your kitchen you should ask yourself. How did it get in and why? The main reason snakes come in this time of year is to find shelter. Snakes are cold-blooded animals and cannot produce their own body heat like mammals. So they need to find someplace warm or they will freeze. Another factor could be that you have accessible food or a rodent infestation that drives the snake into your home.
How Do You Know If You Have Snakes?
When snakes get into your home you won’t see them slithering about willy-nilly. Snakes are shy creatures and prefer to stay away from humans. In fact, you may be sheltering snakes right now and not even know it. Well, then what’s the problem? Why not just let them do their thing? Because snakes choose to hide in out of the way places like attics, crawlspaces, and basements. If you go looking for holiday decorations, move a box, and come face to face with a copperhead, you’ll know why.
It can be hard to tell if you have snakes living in your home. One way is to find their shed skin lying about. Another is finding their feces which will contain the bones of rodents. Other than that, the only thing you can do is prevent snakes from getting into your home.
Keep Out Rodents
There are obvious reasons for keeping mice and rats out of your home: They eat your food, they can cause structural damage, and they can spread diseases. A less obvious reason is that rodents are the prime meal for snakes. If you have a rodent problem in your home it’s like a blue light special for snakes. To keep rodents out of your home make sure there are no cracks or holes in the exterior of your home. Store grains and cereals in airtight plastic containers to prevent rodents from smelling them. Use weather stripping and door sweeps to seal off gaps under doors and around windows.
Pipes and Vents
Places where utilities enter the home, crawl spaces, and vents can be easy points of entry for a snake. Remember, if you can see daylight through it, then a snake can get in.
Clean Out Your Storage Spaces
As we mentioned, snakes like to hide in crawl spaces, attics, and basements. This is because these are places humans don’t usually go every day and they have lots of hiding places. If you keep your spaces neat and clean it will provide less hiding places for snakes.
Call the Professionals at Progressive Pest Control
If you are having trouble with a pest infestation call the experts at Progressive Pest Control. We can protect your home from a range of pests from cockroaches to mice.
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