The Surprising Reason Snakes May Be Living in Your Attic or Crawlspace
- Posted by gordonb
- On July 26, 2022
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You may not want to think about this, but you could be sharing your home with snakes. In fact, it’s fairly common for snakes to make their way into homes and commercial structures through small holes and cracks. Snakes can easily make a home in a crawl space, but they’re also quite capable of moving into your attic or any room of the house for that matter.
How Can I Tell if Snakes Are In My House?
Unlike other household pests, snakes don’t make any sounds and they don’t have an odor. The only way to know if you have a snake problem is if you spot a snake slithering past you. Or, you may run across a shedded skin if a snake has lived with you a while. Otherwise, there may be no sign that snakes live there. BUT there are signs of snakes in other ways, notably if you have rodents in your home.
What’s Attracting Snakes to My Home?
Crawl spaces tend to be damp, dark and warm, which is an ideal place for a snake to live. Likewise, the heat and humidity of an attic will suffice for a snake. But the real reason that snakes are in your home is because they’re hungry for mice, rats, and other rodents. It’s really that simple. The key to keeping snakes away is really to get rid of rodents like mice, rats and other rodents.
How Do I Get Rid of Snakes?
If you’ve spotted a snake in your attic or crawl space, be very careful. Some snakes, like rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and coral snakes are venomous. Never handle a snake unless you’re positive of its species. Once you’re sure the snake is safe to handle you can:
- Pick the snake up and gently place it outdoors, away from your home;
- Use a broom to sweep the snake into a bucket or box to be moved; or
- Call a wildlife rescue or a pest control company to safely remove the snake.
While most snakes that get into homes are harmless, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Keep children and pets away from the snake and avoid contact if you’re not sure of the species. Never kill a snake. They eat rodents and that’s beneficial for all of us. If you suspect you have a snake in the house, contact Critter Control and we’ll come take a look.