Among the animals that get into our homes, snakes are one of the most feared. Although they are generally wary of humans and prefer to stay hidden and out of sight, an encounter with a snake in your living space will probably send shivers down your spine.
There are about 33 snake species in California, of which 6 are venomous and all rattlers. It’s very unlikely that a venomous snake will crawl into your home, but it’s not completely impossible. Since many of the venomous snakes are rattlesnakes they are easily recognizable due to the rattle at the tip of their tail, but on very rare occasions the distinctive rattle may be missing.
The majority of snake species are not aggressive, and they will usually not attack or bite except when they feel threatened or cornered with no obvious escape route. Snake bites are usually painful with some swelling around the affected area even when the bite is from a non-venomous snake.
Bites from venomous snakes will cause fever, numbness, pain, headache, shock, paralysis, etc. It’s important to always treat a snake bite as if it’s venomous and get emergency treatment. Some venomous snakes can kill a person with a single bite, therefore it’s not advisable for anyone who isn’t a professional to handle snakes.
If you stumbled on a snake in your home or around your building, don’t try to handle it, some snakes may quickly find their way out while some may hide behind objects or furniture, some others may take a defensive stance and will attack if you continue to move closer. A snake in your house is a threat to everyone including the snake, therefore it’s important to contact a professional wildlife removal company immediately if you find one.
Snake Removal Services in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Norcal Wildlife Removal handles all wildlife problems including snakes. We safely remove snakes from both commercial and residential buildings in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties. Our snake removal process is humane and safe for everyone around including the snakes.
What happens when you call to remove snakes;
- Our wildlife control team will first carefully search the building to find the snake, we carefully look for the snake in possible hiding places.
- We manually remove snakes by carefully trapping them using snake tongs or special snake traps.
- Trapped snakes are removed from the property and relocated to their natural habitat where they will continue their lives without being a threat to anyone.
- We also offer property modifications to make your home less attractive to all sorts of wildlife.
Like most other animals, snakes are attracted to a place with options for shelter and an abundance of food. Overgrown grasses, piles of junk, trees, and other shelter options will attract snakes, while some of their favorite food includes rodents, lizards, birds, and other small animals. Ensuring your lawn and garden are always neatly trimmed and free of clutter and your home is rodent-free is a good step in keeping snakes and other wild critters away.
We provide our customers with premium animal control services with free consultations and tips on keeping unwanted critters away. Call us today!
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Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Francisco, etc.
How to Get Snakes Out Of Your Attic
Imagine walking around your yard to stretch your legs and soak in nature. As you’re about to go back in, you look upwards at your building and see a snake crawling out of your attic. How would you feel?
If you’re like most people, you’ll probably be scared with many questions running through your mind: How long has that snake been there? Are there other snakes residing in my attic? Have I been sleeping in the house with snakes above my head?
Chances are, you’d be unsettled until you resolve this issue. That’s why we’ll share how to find and get snakes out of your attic.
Why are there snakes in your attic?
Snakes do not like living close to humans. But when the incentive is strong, you might find them in your attic. Snakes are primarily attracted to the attic because of food – and by food, we mean rats and mice. That’s why having a rat/mice infestation problem might spell a potential snake infestation down the line.
Sometimes, however, snakes get into the attic through holes. Snakes get in through these holes, and the warmth and darkness of the attic may be appealing enough.
How to find a snake in the attic
Finding a snake in the attic is challenging and potentially dangerous. This is because of their furtive movement. However, it would help if you searched hidden corners in your attic. If it’s a venomous species, doing so can be dangerous. Pets like dogs and cats are also experts at sniffing snakes, but using your beloved pet to find snakes can be potentially hazardous if they get into a confrontation. That’s why it’s best to involve a professional in snake infestation, especially if you’re unsure what species you’re dealing with.
How to get rid of snakes in the attic
Here are some tips to get rid of snakes in the attic.
- Resolve your rodent infestation problem
If you have rats/mice in the attic, you know why snakes are also there. To address the root of the problem, you must resolve your rodent infestation problem. Exclusion and trapping are great ways to deal with a rodent infestation.
- Seal entry holes
Here’s a simple truth, snakes do not magically appear in attics. They get in through gaps and holes. Hence, look for open gaps in the roof vent or soffit vents. Look for spaces between the brick outer wall and soffit. Do well to seal these holes with caulk or any other appropriate sealant. Sealing up the hole from outside the home is an effective way to keep snakes out for good.
There are different kinds of snake traps. The most common for indoor use is the glue/sticky trap. This trap is composed of a board with a sticky surface. Once the snake crawls on the board, it cannot move away. The snake can then be relocated or euthanized. However, check the trap regularly when using glue traps, as abandoning the trap will lead to a slow and painful death for the snake, which is inhumane.
- Apply repellents
Certain repellents kike sulfur, clove, cinnamon oil, and vinegar can also help repel snakes. Apply these substances around the perimeter of your attic or any other area you’ve noticed high snake activity. Remember you have to re-apply repellents for them to remain effective.
Handling a snake infestation yourself can be dangerous, particularly when dealing with a venomous species. That’s why it’s best to get professionals involved.