Most snakes we encounter are harmless or considered beneficial because they feed on other common nuisance animals, including insects, amphibians, and small mammals such as rodents. However, some snakes are venomous and put both humans and household pets in danger simply by being present. Venomous or not, when snakes infest it's time to call Critter Control of San Antonio.
Snake and the Problems They Create
Here in Texas, we have over 105 species of snakes. This may seem daunting, but snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. As stated before, snakes eat problem animals and are an important food source for many others. This being said, when shelter and sources of food are scarce in their natural habitat, snakes enter homes and yards much more frequently. They can invade houses through cracks in building foundations, tears in window and door screens, and even through holes that serve electrical conduits and plumbing. Tall grasses in unkempt lawns provide snakes with ideal hiding and hunting grounds while stacks of firewood, brush, and junk piles offer the reptiles suitable shelter.
Most snakes are relatively harmless and actually flee from human interaction. However, in San Antonio, there are four species of venomous snakes: copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, and coral snakes. When cornered, snakes hiss, coil, and either strike or bluff at offending parties. Being bitten by any one of these snakes can create extreme health problems and even death. If you encounter a venomous or unidentified snake in or around your home, we are here to help. The technicians at Critter Control of San Antonio are expert snake wranglers and have the experience needed to safely extract unwanted snakes.
How to Keep Snakes Away
Various methods of exclusion help reduce the possibility of encountering snakes Where you don’t want them to be.
- Seal any holes on the exterior of buildings large enough for snakes to get through.
- Cut back tall grasses and weeds and keep wood piles far enough away from homes to eliminate hiding places.
- Make modifications to eliminate prey species that attract snakes to the area.
How to Get Rid of Snakes
Wrangling snakes can be a scary, difficult, and dangerous job. If you are unaware of the species and/or feel uncomfortable removing the intruder, call Critter Control of San Antonio today. Our trained technicians are standing by to safely get rid of the problem and make sure it is the last time. You shouldn't have to do anything you don't feel safe doing. We're here to help!
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