Snakes are usually classified as a pest species due to people’s fear of the animal. The most common complaints include the following:
- Snakes in yard or on property
- Snakes living under home or deck
- Snake in the swimming pool
- Snake inside the home!
- Concern for safety of pets
For these reasons, many people wish to have this nuisance reptile removed. Because they’re difficult to trap, removal is usually done by hand (or tong).
If you’ve got a snake on your property, you might just want to leave it alone. It’ll be on its way. If you see it habitually and don’t like it, then you might want to have it removed. If you’ve got a snake inside your house and you are unsure of the species, don’t try to catch it – most cases of snake bite actually occur when a person is trying to kill or catch a snake. Leave it alone, or isolate it if possible. A wildlife control expert can come and remove the snake. In addition, some people are able to use snake traps to catch snakes. These traps utilize a sticky pad, so if you use such a trap, be sure to spray cooking oil on the captured snake to release it elsewhere. Perhaps the best way to get rid of snakes is with snake prevention. Eliminate the features on your property that attract snakes, such as excess debris, or gaps under concrete.