5 SIGNS OF A SNAKE PROBLEM
Snakes are one type of wildlife that inspires fear among homeowners. While most snakes are relatively harmless, you must remember that even a bite from a non-poisonous species is painful and comes with the risk of infection.
In addition to the common garter snake, North Carolina is also home to many aggressive snake species such as rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads that can pack more severe bites that could land you or a loved one in the emergency room.
Fortunately, most snakes prefer to live in the wild away from humans, but they may still occasionally find their way onto your property or even get into your home as they search for warmth or a place to make their nest. Watch for these signs of a snake infestation so that you can take steps immediately to preserve the safety of your property.
NOTICING THEIR TRACKS
Snakes get from one place to another using muscular contractions of their body that scoot them along the ground. Although there are several distinct types of snake movements, they all leave tracks on a dusty or dirt-covered ground.
Typically, a snake track creates an s-shape that occurs in a pattern. However, this could vary and look more like a sideways squiggle depending upon the snake’s movements. If you suspect that a snake is residing in a clean space such as in your kitchen, you can try spreading flour or another dusty material to see if you find tracks in the morning.
Like any other pest, snakes will leave droppings in their wake. A snake’s droppings tend to resemble a bird’s since it contains a yellow-white liquid portion that contains urea. However, a snake dropping also has a longer solid brown portion that may contain undigested pieces of its food such as bones, hair, or feathers.
Identifying wild animal droppings can be difficult for an inexperienced homeowner. However, you should always avoid handling animal feces, and arrange for a professional snake inspection anytime that you find droppings in a space that should not house wild animals such as your attic or crawlspace.
HEARING STRANGE NOISES
Snakes are silent creatures that do not vocalize. However, their movements can generate noise, especially if they are attempting to flee a cluttered area. Be wary of slithering sounds or noise from falling objects when you enter an unoccupied space such as the storage shed.
SEEING SHED SKIN
As they grow, snakes shed their skin. These discarded skins may be anywhere that snakes inhabit. While you may occasionally find one in your yard, you should be concerned if there is an excessive amount or if you find one inside where a snake should not be living.
SIGHTING AN ACTUAL SNAKE
For those who fear snakes, sighting one can be upsetting. However, you may find a snake indoors snuggling near a heat source such as the water heater or behind the oven. Snakes also find their way into storage areas such as the garage or a shed as they search for rodents.
Although sighting a snake is distressing, keep in mind that the majority of snakes will leave you alone if you do not provoke them to attack. Simply make a note of their location and contact a professional wildlife removal technician to ensure that the snake is no longer on your property.
At Triangle Wildlife Removal & Pest Control Inc, we have the training and experience to safely handle all types of snakes that might invade your property. Give us a call at the first sign of a snake problem to restore the safety of your home or business.