Snakes in the basement
Sometimes snakes enter basements. You can do four things:
1 - If the snake is not venomous, you can pick it up with a glove and bring it outside.
2 - You can call a professional to come remove
it for you (use this directory for a local pro!)
3 - You can set a snake trap to catch and remove it (the yellow trap is the best!)
4 - If the snake is venomous and you want to do it yourself, use extreme care, and use snake removal tools such as snake tongs and a sack.
AFTER THE SNAKE IS OUT: Find out how it got inside your house! You must have an opening leading from outside into your cellar. Find any open cracks, gaps, pipes, etc and seal them shut so that this doesn't happen again.
How To Get Snakes Out Of Your Basement
There are many different places that pest animals can appear, and it is quite common for snakes to be found in the basement of properties where they are native species. Basements will often be home to other pests such as mice and rats, which will attract snakes because they hunt these rodents. Having snakes in the basement may solve a rat or mouse problem, but they can also become a problem in their own right, especially if they are venomous snakes. Snakes can be dangerous for domestic pets and children who are naturally inquisitive and will not be cautious in approaching these animals.
Identifying The Snake
One of the first priorities for people who have found snakes in their basement is to try and identify the species, and to do this without coming into direct contact with the snakes themselves. They will normally be nesting in a dark and secluded part of the basement, so it will often be easier to identify them if they do go outside to hunt. If there is no way for you to identify the snake itself, then the right course of action will be to call a snake removal specialist who will be able to find the nest and to remove the snake or snakes without there being any danger to yourself, your family or your pets.
When snakes do move into your basement they will normally clear any rodent population quite quickly, so in that way they can be an useful pest to have, but afterward they are likely to have to go further afield to catch their prey. It is also possible that they may make their way up into the main part of the house.
Catching And Removing The Snakes
Once you have identified the snake and you are confident that the snakes are not venomous, then there are a number of things you can do to catch and remove the snakes. If it is in the winter then the snakes are likely to be quite sluggish if not completely in hibernation, and if they are in an accessible part of your basement you may be able to place a bucket or box over the snake. During other times of the year it will be difficult to catch a snake so simply, so setting some traps in the basement to catch the snakes will be necessary.
The most effective snake traps are those which have an adhesive floor in a small box which will entice the snake in and will then hold the snake fast until you return to the trap. The yellow trap sold online is the best. You will need to check the traps regularly, and once the snake is caught it is best to take it at least five miles from home before releasing it. Once there are no more snakes being caught in the trap, it will be necessary to scour the basement to find the nest, and to make sure there are no more snakes or eggs there.
Sealing The Basement To Prevent Snakes From Getting In
Once all the snakes have been removed from your cellar, you will need to seal the basement to make sure that no further snakes can find their way in. Even small holes or spaces under doors can be an easy way for the snakes to get in, and they can also get in through damaged vents or a drainage pipe.
Any damaged vents will need to be sealed, and if there are any drainage pipes from the basement, they will need to be fitted with a mesh grille to stop animals from getting in through that pipe. If the basement does have any doors and windows, it is also best to ensure that these are tight fitting and that there are no holes in the walls that could allow more snakes in the cellar of your house.
Here are some other snake links:
How To Trap Snakes
What Animals Kill Snakes
Color Rhyme for Coral Snakes
How Can You Tell if a Snake is Poisonous
How to Kill Snakes
Snake Safety Tips
How to Catch Snakes
How Do You Keep Snakes Away
Do Mothballs Keep Away Snakes
Eastern Coral Snake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
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