Important Initial Steps When You Find a Snake In Your House

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Many people have a fear of snakes. In fact, it’s estimated that 30% of Australians fear snakes, that’s nearly double those that fear spiders. 

It’s strange because some snakes are deadly, but the majority of them are completely harmless to humans. That knowledge won’t stop you from freezing when you come across one in your home.

Fortunately, you don’t need to panic.

Stay Calm

If you see a snake the first thing you need to do is take a breath. This will help you to stay calm and assess the situation properly. 

You need to note where the snake is and whether it is near anything. This will help you to assess the risk of it accidentally damaging anything n the house or of you losing sight of it.

Looking around the space near the snake will also help you to decide how best to trap it.

That means closing doors to contain the snake, ensuring everyone else in the house is safe and the snake cannot go anywhere. If possible, you may even be able to place a small bin over the snake to keep it confined. 

Identify It

If possible, you should identify the snake. This will make it easier to know how dangerous it is and help you choose the right course of action. 

If you’re not knowledgeable on snakes then you can click here and contact an expert to come and take a look at the snake and get rid of it.

It will help to find out about the snakes commonly found in your area as this will help you to identify one if you see it at home or elsewhere. 

Get The Experts

The next step is to get expert help. That means calling your local pest control and having them come round to capture the snake. In most cases, the snake can be taken elsewhere and released. Having contained the space to a dedicated part of your home it will be much easier for the specialists to capture the snake and remove it without harming it. 

You should never try to grab the snake yourself and remove it. While most snakes are not venomous, they can still offer a painful bite and they are much more likely to if they feel threatened. It’s much better to let the professionals handle the snake for you. 

Preventing Return

The snake in question will be removed from your property and relocated further away. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other snakes in the area, you need to make sure they can’t get into your home. 

This can be hard but you should start with inspecting your home and blocking all gaps and cracks in the walls, this will help to ensure snakes and other pests can get in.

Of course, they can come through open doors and windows. Mosquito nets can prevent this, especially at windows. But, the best option is to ensure there is no food or water in the house for the snake. That will leave them to go elsewhere and find the food and water they need for survival.