A snake in the house is dangerous, and people living in a warm place are suffering from this. It’s always a possibility that there would be a snake which would enter the house or get lost on its way and made a stopover in our property. There are preventive measures to avoid situations like this, but the risk is still high especially during summer time when they love to slither around. Snake removal could be easy for other people, but most of the time it’s dangerous. The following are our tips when removing one. However if you don’t have any experience, just hire a snake removal company.
Step 1: Assess the Danger
Do not attack the snake by hitting it with something hard. A snake won’t attack unless it feels an aggressive emotion coming from you. Any kinds of snake will never attack a human unless it’s attacked first. If the snake is coiled up with its mouth open, it sees you as a danger and it’s like that because it’s his defense mechanism. Slowly step away.
Our first impulse is to run away instead of hurting them, but you will only prove the snake by doing that. Take a look at the snake and determine if it’s venomous or not. The snake is venomous if it has slit-like eyes, fat bodies and large fangs. The four venomous species are Copperhead, Coral Snake, Cottonmouth, and Rattlesnake.
Make sure to clear young children and pets from the area. This is to reduce any potential dangers. Move them away because they might agitate the snake.
Step 2: Remove the Snake
To start, make sure that you and the snake has a safe distance. Slowly open the door and guide the snake out. Use a broom. Use this step only if you’re sure that it’s not venomous. Do not push the snake, just guide it. You can also restrict its motion by using a heavy blanket. It calms the snake down. Next thing to do is transporting the snake outside, again only if you’re certain it’s not venomous. When handling the snake, wear some protective gloves.
Hold the snake under its belly, near the tail. Keep a solid grip, but not a firm one. Do not injure it, avoid squeezing it. You can make it comfortable by slithering your hands a little bit. If you trapped it in a cloth, scoop it up and take it outside. Make sure you call animal control.
Step 3: Preventing Further Risks
Everyone’s not really prepared for situations like this, so prevention is really better than cure. To prevent further risk, seal any entrances that might be where the snake might enter. Check the door sweeps or loose window frames. Even the drains and vents can be an entry point of a snake.
If you experienced this already, find out why the snake entered your house. Do you have rodent problem in your home or birds in your backyard? Get rid of small mammals that might attract the snakes.