CAN PEST CONTROL KEEP SNAKES AWAY?
Make no mistake about it, snakes are one of the most terrifying creatures on earth. From the biblical Adam and Eve to the movie “Snakes On The Plane”, these snakes have given all of us the shivers.
Snakes have had a very bad reputation for thousands of years. Christianity had placed these creatures in a bad light. The story in Genesis tells us of a serpent tricking Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, which resulted in Adam and Eve being banished from paradise and the serpent losing its legs. This story also probably gave rise to why people who were traitors were called “snakes”.
But are snakes unfairly getting a bad reputation? Maybe the world is being too cruel to them. For sure, they are not that bad. And even then in Adam and Eve’s story, the serpent did not act alone at all; he was just used by the devil. In today’s courts, the serpent has a huge chance he will be judged innocent.
Snakes are actually an important part of the ecosystem. They help us in controlling the real pests. They feed on beetles, mice, slugs, voles, and rats. They can also be food for other animals. They generally avoid humans and would rather be left alone.
Still, it is understandable if you would rather have them stay away from your property. After all, it is your property. There is also an added danger if you live close to areas with venomous snakes. If you fear that snakes might someday come knocking, can pest control keep them away? It certainly can, and we will discuss that in this article. First, let us find out more about snakes and the things that captivates these in your house.
There are around 2,900 identified species of snakes, and they can be found scattered all over the world, except for Antarctica. They are legless, elongated reptiles that crawl on the ground to move from one place to another. Their skins are covered with scales and are smooth and dry. They have wide-opening jaws that can fit in a huge prey. They have skulls with many more joints than their cousins, the lizards. Their paired organs appear in front of the other rather than side by side. Their narrow bodies require that this be the arrangement of their organs. Most snakes only have one working lung.
In order to track their prey, snakes use their sense of smell. Their underbellies are sensitive to vibration. All snakes do not have a sharp vision but are adequate to track movements.
While it is true that snakes are generally harmless and would rather keep to themselves, there are snakes that are venomous and therefore life-threatening to humans. Listed below are snakes that can be dangerous when handled and can even cause death. DO NOT handle snakes, especially if you are not sure what type it is.
Types of venomous snakes in North Carolina
Below are the poisonous snakes you should be aware of. Learning about snakes gives you an idea of what they look like, and what environment they thrive in.
- Copperhead snake – The copperhead snake is a venomous snake that can be found all throughout North Carolina. The adults’ size is less than 3 feet, so it is relatively small. It comes in a pale tan to a pinkish-tan color that darkens in the middle. Most venomous snakes in North Carolina are pit vipers, and the copperhead snake is no exemption. Pit vipers have heat-sensitive pit organs that they use to detect warm-blooded prey. It is located midway between the eyes and nostrils. A copperhead bite is very dangerous, as it can do a lot of damage to the tissues within the bite area. Death due to their bites rarely happens though. It is said to have the least potent venom of all the pit vipers in North America. If you see them in the wild, let them be. They would rather be alone than attack you.
- Coral snake – This snake is the most secretive among all the venomous snakes in North Carolina. They burrow and hide out in the wild so you would not see much of them. The coral snake has several bands all through its body, and wide red and yellow rings separated by a yellow ring. Coral snakes are highly venomous but rarely bite humans. They would rather keep to themselves but will bite when they are threatened. Their venom is closely related to cobra venom.
- Cottonmouth / Water Moccasin – This snake is usually found near water. Its diet consists of fish and frogs. The cottonmouth opens its mouth and hisses when threatened. It has a broad head and a blunt snout, its mouth is whitish-pink in color. It has a stripe under each eye. Most of them have black colored bodies, but some come in tan, gray, or brown in color. These snakes are territorial and would chase off intruders in their territories, including humans. Just stay far away from them and you will be okay.
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake – This is the best known of all the venomous snakes in North Carolina. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is quite heavy and stout. It is a powerful snake but not aggressive. When fully grown, it can weigh around 20 pounds. The color of its body could be brown, brownish-gray, gray, or olive. It also has some diamond-shaped markings down its body. This snake has a potent venom that attacks red blood cells and tissues. If bitten and left untreated, it can lead to death.
- Pigmy Rattlesnake – This venomous snake is mostly found in the eastern part of North Carolina. This is a small type of rattlesnake, with its size going from 14 to 22 inches in length only. It has a red-orange marking that runs down its back. Its bite is not fatal, but is very painful and can cause localized tissue damage.
- Timber Rattlesnake – Also known as the canebrake rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake is scattered all throughout North Carolina. An adult can get as long as five feet in length. Its color pattern makes it difficult to see because it blends with the soil, rock, or among the lives where it usually hides. It has large fangs and can produce lots of venoms, making its bite dangerous and can cause death. Good thing that it is not aggressive. It will only bite when it feels threatened.
Rattlesnakes do not attack humans unless it is provoked. In the unlikely event that you are bitten by a snake that is poisonous, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. You do not have to capture the snake or identify it. On the other hand, if it is your pet that was bitten, take your pet to the vet immediately. Signs and symptoms of a snake bite are redness and swelling, bruising, and pain.
If you do not want any snakes entering your garden, here are some tips to make them go away.
Clear your yard of clutter. Clutter allows a snake to hide from predators. It gives them a nice place to hide. Another thing is a pile of leaves gives them warmth since snakes are cold-blooded reptiles. Removing clutter will make your garden less attractive to snakes. CLutter also includes scrap metal, woodpiles, and trash.
Cut the grass. Snakes are attracted to tall grasses because they find lots of prey there. Amongst the tall grasses, snakes get the perfect cover when hunting. It also gives them a perfect hiding place from predators. Cutting your grass would not give them these luxuries and would look to go somewhere else.
Remove their food source. Keeping snakes out would also mean having to keep other pests out. Keep your area rat and mice free. Keep away pet food from the outside and place them in sealed containers.
You can build a snake-proof fence. Building a snake-proof fence around the house can keep out these snakes.
You can also use snake repellents. Read the label for instructions for proper usage; improper use could harm kids, pets, and the environment.
In case a snake manages to enter your home, you can use mechanical traps. Capture the snake but do not kill it. If you need help, call a professional pest control company.
If you are afraid to get near snakes and you have them in your yard, leave it to the best pest control professionals in North Carolina, the Go-Forth Pest Control, now serving the area of Wilmington NC.
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