Getting Rid of Snakes + How To Keep Them Away
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Snakes come in many sizes and types, and there are very few things that you can say which apply to all of them equally. In terms of which you would mind sharing a home with, however, you would probably agree that none of them would make the best housemates, and for that reason it’s a good idea to know what you would probably ideally do in order to keep them out of your home – and what to do if they get in anyway. In this article, we are going to look at these questions and determine how you might deal with this particular pest.
How To Prevent Snakes
There are a lot of things you can do if you want to prevent snakes from entering your home or garden. In fact, the garden is generally the first place to look, as you will want to make sure that you are not doing anything to encourage them there. If you are, then it is only a matter of time until one of them ends up inside your home, which can be really concerning indeed. Preventing snakes in the garden is mostly a simple matter: make sure you keep it and any yard areas clear of clutter, for a start. Avoid having too many tall plants in which snakes could hide. Get rid of any possible source of food out in the garden. Patch up any holes that you might have found in fencing and so on around the perimeter of your home. Finally, you can also lay traps to keep snakes out if you wish to really make sure they won’t come to your home.
How To Identify Snakes
Because snakes are such common reptiles, most people can recognise them easily enough. They do, after all, have a very distinctive look about them, and no other land creature quite looks the same as them. If you have ever seen a snake in the flesh, you will know it can be a strange experience. The important thing is to know how to identify in particular a venomous snake. If the snake has a bright and colourful pattern, it is almost certainly poisonous. There are exceptions, but if you see a snake with bright colouring, you should be wary of it.
Similarly, if you find a triangular head and sharp jawline on the snake, that too is a common indicator that the snake in question is venomous, as essentially you are seeing the venom glands located in the neck. Of course, there are other specific signs to look out for when it comes to poisonous snakes too, such as a rattle for the rattlesnake. Keep your wits about you and take great care if you come across any snake in your garden or home.
Signs & Symptoms Of Snake Bites
As we all know, snake bites can be very serious indeed. In some cases, they can be lethal, and in the very worst cases it can take a matter of minutes for the venom to do its work in your body. Clearly, snake bites are not something that we should take lightly, and we should instead make sure that we are aware of the signs and symptoms of a snake bite as clearly as possible. In general, a snake bite will have two puncture wounds, swelling around the wounds as well as redness, a lot of pain at the site of the bite, and you might have some physiological symptoms as well.
These might include difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, sweating and salivating, or even numbness in the face or limbs. If you experience any of these after getting bitten, you will be pretty sure that it is a snake bite and that you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is not a bite that you want to leave alone.
Treatment For Snake Bites
If you are bitten by a snake, you will first need to have first aid administered. This is, in many ways, the most important part of the whole procedure, so it’s great if there is someone there who you trust who can do this for you effectively and efficiently. You should call the emergency services as soon as possible, first of all, noting the time that you were bitten. You should also keep calm and remain still as best as you can, as this helps to slow the movement of the venom through the body. The area around the bite will swell out, so be sure to remove any restrictive clothing too. The most important thing is to get emergency treatment as soon as you possibly can. It might be that a doctor needs to use antivenom, which is constructed from snake venom – and could save your life.
How To Get Rid Of Snakes
All that being said, if you already have snakes in your home then you are going to want to know how you can get rid of them quickly and effectively – and for good. There are a lot of things that you might want to consider here, and you should find that you can effectively get rid of snakes pretty quickly as long as you follow this advice. First of all, if you think you have a venomous snake in your home, the first thing to do is to call animal control, who can come and get rid of it safely for you.
You should also make sure that you leave the snake alone rather than trying to force it outside. It is best to allow it to get outside of its own accord if possible. If the snake is nonvenomous – and you are certain of that – then you can consider brushing it into a large container and letting it out that way, or for an outdoor snake you can spray it with a hose. Be careful at all times, however, just in case you do get bitten.
Do’s & Don’ts Of Snake Removal
When you are trying to get rid of snakes from your home or garden, you of course need to be extremely careful, as you could end up in hospital if you are unlucky. The most important thing to remember is that you should avoid handling any snake unless you are absolutely certain it is safe – and even then, you should take great care.
Do take your time in getting rid of the snake – and do call in the professionals if you think you might need some help.
- -Don’t agitate or upset the snake unnecessarily, or make a big noise and a lot of movement. This will only alarm the snake, and it will be much more likely to attack you.
- -Don’t panic – remaining calm will absolutely keep you in the better position here, as with many other animals.
About Rats & Mice
If you have a snake in the home, you might wonder what was so appealing about your home in the first place. In all likelihood, it is because there are plenty of places to hide and a lot of food to eat. In the garden, it is probably because there is lots of thick shrubbery they can sit in.
You might be wondering whether you even really need to get rid of snakes, or whether you can just leave nonvenomous ones in your home. But you really don’t want to share your home with these guys: of the 45,000 people bitten annually by snakes in the United States, about 8,000 are venomous. Those are not great odds.
As soon as you discover that they are in your home or garden.
Normally, snakes enter at ground level through some kind of crack or entrance. If you can keep the ground level safe from cracks, you should keep snakes out of the home.
Actually, in statistical terms relatively few venomous bites are lethal – but it is still not a chance that you really want to take. For the 8,000 venomous bites Americans experience every year, there are around 150 deaths – so still not amazing odds, and best to avoid it happening at all if possible.