Snakes are one of the most-feared creatures but wrongfully so. Of the 125 snake species present in the United States, only about 20 are venomous. Non-venomous snakes like rat snakes, water snakes, and garter snakes are not only harmless but also beneficial to the ecosystem as they help keep the rodent population in check.
However, when it comes to snakes, some common problems that arise include:
Before handling a snake, you have to first identify its species to be sure it’s nonvenomous. If it’s a venomous snake or you’re unsure, contact a snake removal professional service like Wildlife X Team Oklahoma City.
Here are the common methods of snake removal.
Removal by Hand
Nonvenomous snakes can easily be picked up and placed in a snake bag. However, make sure to wear your gloves to avoid the spread of germs. If it’s a venomous snake, then a pair of snake tongs or hooks should be used to pick up the snake before putting it in a bag. The snake can then be relocated.
Traps are not generally preferred but sometimes, finding a hidden snake inside your house or property may prove unsuccessful. Multiple traps can be set at strategic locations to improve the chances of capturing the snake. Once the snake is caught, it can be relocated to the wild.
Snake Repellents – – NOT EFFECTIVE
You’ve probably seen many products marketed as “100% Effective Snake Repellent”. The simple truth is that they are all bogus. The reason some products get good online reviews is that snake sightings are rare. If you see a snake in your yard, it’s most likely just passing along. So, in such instances, the snake just moved on naturally and the repellent did not send it away.
To keep snakes away from your yard, you have to ensure that you keep a clean surrounding by clearing all debris and potential hiding spots. Also, you have to eliminate all food sources and keep the rodent population in check. If you have a snake infestation problem and live in the Oklahoma City area, Wildlife X Team Oklahoma City can help you deal with it today.