The winter months may bring slight relief from the scorching Louisiana heat, but it doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from snakes. As temperatures drop, snakes seek warmth and shelter around homes, potentially posing a threat to you and your pets. To ensure a snake-free winter, here are some simple tips to follow.
Close Up Entry Points
Snakes can slip through surprisingly small openings. Inspect your home for any cracks or gaps in doors, windows, and foundation walls. Seal them with weather stripping or caulk to prevent snakes from entering.
Clean up any debris, such as woodpiles, leaves, and clutter, around your home. Snakes may seek refuge in places like behind your firewood storage pile during colder months. Keeping your property tidy discourages them from settling in.
Keep your yard well-maintained. Trim overgrown grass, bushes, and shrubs regularly, as snakes are more likely to hide in tall vegetation. This reduces their hiding spots and makes your property less attractive to them.
Snakes are attracted to food sources, such as rodents and insects. Make sure your trash cans are tightly sealed to prevent them from becoming a food source and luring snakes near your home.
Check for Snakes
Before you step outside, take a moment to scan your surroundings. Snakes are ectothermic, meaning they rely on external heat sources. On sunny winter days, they might bask in the sun to warm up. Be cautious and avoid startling them.
Install Snake Fencing
Consider installing a snake-proof fence around your yard. This can be a highly effective way to keep snakes out, especially if you live in an area with a high snake population.
Learn about the snakes commonly found in Louisiana, especially the venomous ones. Knowing how to identify them and their habits can help you stay safe.
Seek Professional Help
If you encounter a snake on your property, it’s best to call a professional wildlife removal service. The Bug Man offers a service which involves putting a scent barrier around the home that repels snakes from coming near your house.
Attempting to handle a snake on your own can be dangerous. The Bug Man has many Louisiana Department of Agriculture licensed trappers for animal removal or eradication. Call us today at 923-BUGS or request a free estimate online here.