A snake infestation is one of the hardest to identify. Snakes end up inside on accident after following prey inside. Or they enter on purpose in search of a dark and damp shelter.
Snakes are skilled hiders, which means it is extremely difficult to find a snake in your house. Instead, you will need to look for these signs to determine whether or not you have a slithering intruder.
The number one indicator of a snake in your house is snake skin. A typical snake will shed their skin several times throughout the year.
Snakes and other reptiles shed their skin all at once, normally in one or a couple long pieces. The shed snake skin will appear as a thin and pale white tube-like structure.
Snakes are among the many animals that emit a strange odor as a form of self defense. If they feel frightened or bothered, snakes will excrete foul smells as a deterrent to potential predators. Depending on the species, snakes emit a variety of smells including musk, cucumbers, or even eggs.
The strange odor might also include the smell of dead or rotting animal carcasses. This could either be from the snake itself, or the animals that have fallen victim to the snake.
Snake droppings are highly distinctive due to texture and contents. Similar to bird droppings, snake droppings are a mixture of urine and feces. This means the texture is much more of a solid than a liquid, and normally white or yellow in color. Unlike bird droppings, snakes excrete waste in one oblong pellet rather than a splatter.
In addition, snake droppings will also contain remnants from previous preys, including bones, hair, nails, or teeth.
Snakes prefer to hide out in dimly-lit and damp areas of the house, including basements, garages, and crawl spaces. The moisture found in these areas will help snakes remain cool and hydrated during the summer heat.
The reasons snakes prefer these areas are the exact reasons humans tend to keep their distance. This means you might find slither tracks in the untouched dust or dirt layers. Keep an eye out for curved S-shaped tracks that might lead you to where the snake has been hiding. If you find these tracks, call Shumaker Animal Control as soon as possible – the snake might be poisonous or dangerous.
Have A Snake Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a snake problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.