As one Florida man can tell you, snakes play an important role in ecosystems, keeping the population of prey animals (many of which are pests in their own right, like rats and mice) from becoming overpopulated. However, if you find a snake in your home, you’re more likely to be quoting Indiana Jones than considering the ecological benefits of reptiles!
What Should You Do if You Find a Snake in Your Home?
First things first: Don’t panic. With these tips from your friendly Northeast Atlanta pest control experts, you’ll know what to do if you find a snake in your house:
- Identify the snake – The very first thing you need to do is to identify the snake. How careful you need to be will be determined by the type of snake in your home. There are six venomous snakes in Georgia including Copperheads, Cottonmouths, Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Timber rattlesnakes, and Coral snakes. (Coral snakes can be tricky to identify as their coloring is similar to non-venomous king snakes.)
- Get the snake out. The method of trapping will be determined by whether or not you have a venomous snake. If you suspect you have a venomous snake, contact the pros at Progressive Pest for expert assistance. Non-venomous snakes can often be herded back outside.
- Where to take it? – There’s more to relocating snakes then just tossing them in the woods. Again, you’ll want to consult the experts.
- Identify how it entered your home – It’s not enough to simply remove the snake. You need to know how it entered and what attracted it. Check to make sure all your windows and doors have a good seal and that there are no unsealed wire or pipe conduits in your foundation. If other pests like mice or rats are nearby, this will keep attracting snakes until you get rid of mice and rats.
If you have problems with snakes (or any other pests), let us help! Protect your kids, pets, and home by giving us a call today at (770) 791-0055!