Snake Protection Techniques for Your Home

Rat snake at mysore zoo
Rat snake at Mysore zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snakes are annoying and sometimes dangerous pests that can inhabit many different areas inside and outside your home, posing a threat to you, your family, and your pets. The best snake protection methods anyone can employ are preventative measures that stop these pesky critters before they get too close for comfort. More often than not, chemical sprays are used as a last resort, yet they do have their place in rare cases of snake infestation.

What Snakes Like

Why is it important to know the likes and dislikes of snakes? You need to know what conditions they prefer so that you can make your home, and the area surrounding it, as undesirable as possible to snakes.

Snakes often prefer to dwell in cool, damp places, and these places can exist underneath the house, near the garden, or even in the basement. It isn’t uncommon for snakes to hide near refrigerators, or rather under them. As they seek out their next meals, dirty kitchens with food on the floor or unattended on the tables may attract them.

Areas where there are plenty of mice can be very appealing to snakes. Taking care of a mice problem first may drastically reduce the snake population in or around your home. By focusing on the root cause of the problem, such as an overabundance of mice or other rodents, you can greatly help reduce the main problem.

Keeping your yard and home free from trash and other materials may help reduce the snake population, since snakes like to hide under debris. Also, keeping pet food in tightly closed and covered containers will prevent snakes from seeking it out as a food source.

Snake Protection at Its Best

It’s not surprising that by using preventative techniques you can help to reduce the size of the snake population surrounding your home. Sometimes, but very rarely, chemical sprays may be used. These should be  used exactly as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions, since they may cause harm to animals, people, and the environment.

If you do find yourself face to face with a snake, it is important not to provoke it. In the case of snake infestation, which is very rare but can still happen, it may be best to contact your local pest control service. Always keep a lookout for these suspicious characters in your neighborhood while practicing safe prevention techniques.

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