Snakes on a plan? No. Snakes in the house? Oh, HECK no. While you may not want a snake in your house, they can—and do—come inside as the weather gets colder. Just as a mouse may seek refuge in your garage or attic when cold weather settles in, a wayward snake may try the same tactic. After the sheer and utter shock of seeing a snake inside your house wears off, there are a few things that you need to do.
1. Stay Calm.
Take a deep breath. Snakes may make your skin crawl, but running around and screaming is not getting it back outside. You will need a calm head to deal with this.
2. Identify the Snake.
Every state, except Alaska, has venomous snakes. If you can quickly and easily identify the snake, then you should do so. A rattler is pretty easy to pick out of a lineup, but as Ohio History Central points out on their website, "If you're unsure of the species and you're close enough to see some of these characteristics, you're too close!"
If you are confident that the snake is a harmless garter snake, then gentle corral it and take it outside. If, however, you do not know the species or are convinced that it may be a venomous snake, call a professional pest company like Alliance Pest Management, Inc. for its safe removal.
3. Do Not Relocate the Snake.
As much as you may be tempted to drive the snake hundreds of miles away, know that snakes generally stay in a rather small radius from their den. Studies show that relocating snakes often leads to reduced survival rates for them. Plus, while they may give you nightmares, they keep the pest population down in your yard because snakes eat everything from garden slugs to rodents.
4. Be Kind.
Don't taunt or play with the snake. Even if you aren't afraid of it and like the idea of seeing one up close and personal, it does not share the sentiment. To a snake, humans are the scary predator. We are bigger than them, and excessive contact is just going to scare the snake unnecessarily. Simply remove the snake and release it outside.
5. Seal Up Any Holes.
Unless you want another visitor, figure out how the snake got in your house and seal up the cracks. You can call in the professionals to take a closer look as well. They may spot something that you don't realize is a problem and help prevent future "invasions."
Snakes can and will get in your home should the opportunity arise. Channel your inner Samuel L. Jackson and say, "Enough is enough!" Stay calm, take action, and call for help, if needed.
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