Few animals get such extremes of love and hate as snakes. Some people keep them as pets while others spend years studying about them. But for others, even thinking about a snake brings a lot of fear and trauma. If you’re among this group of people that suffer ophidiophobia, you’re not alone.
However, while you may never wish to share your home with these creatures, they don’t deserve to be exterminated. Most North-American snakes are non-poisonous and are instrumental in helping to maintain nuisance wildlife populations, such as those of rats and mice. If you have a snake problem in Maryland, here are the top ways to humanely get rid of them:
Clean Up Your Yard
Piles of debris are a perfect habitat for rodents, which are one of snake’s primary food sources. So, most probably, you’ll find snake in such places. If you have a problem with any of these pests, consider cleaning up your yard and getting rid of them first. Besides, if you abolish the source of food for the snakes, they’ll move away to search for food.
Eradicate their Hiding Places
Snakes love to reside in dark and damp places such as hole, crevices, cracks, and wet areas. Eradicating these hiding places can help discourage snakes from residing on your property. Repair any damaged piping, gutters, cracks or holes you find on your property. Snakes also love hiding in damp areas, so do what you can to eliminate wet areas on your property.
Seal All Entry Points
Snakes are good at fitting even into the tightest spots. Even a tiny gap under a door or around a window could be a vulnerability. If you notice a snake slithering on your property, inspect the exterior for possible entry points and seal them. This is an all-around good measure to take as it will also help keep other pests out of your home.
Use Smoke to Get Rid of Snakes
Snakes have a strong sense of smell, and smoke is one of the smells they highly dislike. If you’re trying to get rid of snakes in your home, try to light up a fire in a pit and let it smoke for some days. You may also cover the embers with leaves and moss to get the best results.
Use Glue-Based Traps
If you have a snake that has made it into your house, using glue-based traps can help. You can then release the snake into the wild, but remember to check your state’s regulations as the rules around releasing snakes differ from state to state. If there is any risk that the snake you trapped might be poisonous, do not attempt to remove it on your own. Call professional animal control company immediately.
Contact Shumaker’s Animal Control to Humanely Get Rid of Snakes
At Shumaker’s Animal Control, our animal removal policy is to remove animals humanely and relocate them to an approved wildlife management area. We then seal all entry points securely and permanently to ensure that no other animal can enter the premises.
If you have a snake problem and don’t know how to go about it, our professionals can help. We have over two decades of experience helping Maryland residents get rid of kinds of pests humanely. Call us today at (443) 854-8072 to speak to an animal removal expert. You can also fill out the contact form on our website. Our team will reach out to you promptly.