Snakes have an unsavory reputation. Though many common Georgia snakes aren’t venomous, nothing will send homeowners fleeing faster than finding a snake in their home. Snake infestations commonly follow other pest problems, such as rats and mice–common food sources for snakes. And unlike the legend of St. Patrick, we can’t simply drive snakes out of Georgia. So how can you protect your home from a snake infestation?
Identifying Common Snakes in Georgia
Homeowners should always treat snakes with caution. There are 6 common venomous snakes in Georgia:
- Coral Snake
- Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Timber Rattlesnake
- Pigmy Rattlesnake
Non-venomous snakes typically have a narrower head, round pupils, and no pit between the eyes and nostrils. Pit vipers, the most common types of poisonous snakes, have triangular heads, elliptical eyes, and a pit between the eyes and nostrils. The good news is that most snakes avoid people unless provoked. Avoid their most common habitats (wood piles, ivy, and clumps of pine straw are common garden culprits), and you should be alright.
Snake Barrier Protection in Northeast Atlanta
Snakes often hide in high grass, wood piles, and debris piles around your home. Eliminate these potential habitats to reduce the likelihood of a snake infestation. Like rats and mice, snakes sneak into the the home through small openings around pipes and electrical installations. Seal any openings to prevent them from entering your home. A snake barrier is an easy way to prevent snakes from entering the house, even if you haven’t found and sealed every entry point.
Did you know that it’s illegal to capture or kill a non-venomous snake in Georgia? Don’t get yourself into a slippery situation. Call Progressive Pest Control to install a snake barrier for your Northeast Atlanta home.