According to recent polls, you are not alone when you claim to have a fear of snakes, as 51% of people asked say they are petrified of them. It is bad enough when you come across about one slithering outdoors, but when you find one coiled up on the kitchen floor, that will send shivers down your spine and high-pitched shrills from your lips. In any case, as the temperatures will only continue to rise with spring being just a few weeks away, the snake sightings will continue escalate. Today, we at A Five Star Termite and Pest Control would like to share a few tips on what you should do if you come across a snake.
What to Do if You Find a Snake in Your House
1) Remain calm. It is important to remain calm and avoid any loud noises or sudden movements that will scare off the snake into hiding.
2) Safety always is the priority, but if you are next to a door, use a broom to gently and non-aggressively, guide the snake out the door. If you are trying to handle the snake on your own, be especially careful.
3) In the event the snake is coiled, you can place a larger bucket or trash can over the snake, and simply wait for professional pest control to remove it safely.
How to Prevent Snakes from Entering Your House
If you are not sure if the snake is venomous, it is in your better interest to wait for professional assistance. Once the snake has been successful evicted from the premises, you will want to fortify the home to ensure no further snake intrusions occur. More than likely, the snake entered through a small gap or hole in the foundation or structure of the house. If you suspect a snake in the walls, do not attempt removal on your own and call in the experts.
Texas Brown Snake & Other Snakes Found in San Antonio, TX
The common snakes in San Antonio, Texas include the following:
Garter Snakes: Both the Redstripe Ribbon Snake and the Western Ribbon Snake are common snakes of Texas. With a striking design Checkered Garter is distinct and they are fairly small.
Texas Ratsnake: A relatively larger snake, these snakes can grow over 5 feet in length. With unorganized and irregular patches of darker color along the length and have tan or yellow coloration.
Eastern Hognose: The eastern hognose snake is one that grows to about 30 inches long and though harmless, they will exhibit venomous-snake-like behavior when threatened. It takes quite a bit to agitate this species, but when it does, it will coil up and flatten its head to look like a cobra.
Coachwhip: Common snakes of Texas are Western Coachwhip and the Eastern Coachwhip and the feature small heads, big eyes, and slender bodies. Those who live nearby prairies, pine forests, moist sand and soil or large open and grassy fields will more than likely seeing them hunting for small birds, rodents, and lizards.
Additional common snakes in San Antonio include, the Ringneck Snake, California King Snake,
Blotched Watersnake, Diamondback Watersnake, Bull Snake, Texas Brown Snake, Lined Snake, Graham’s Crayfish Snake, Yellowbelly Racer, Speckled Kingsnake, Prairie Kingsnake, Ground Snake, Longnose Snake, Flat-Headed Snake, Plain’s Black-Headed Snake, Rough Earth Snake, Smooth Earth Snake, Rough Green Snake, and Blind Snake.