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Few animals are more disliked or misunderstood than snakes. Most are beneficial because of the rodents and
insects they eat, and most species found in the U.S. are non-venomous. When snakes enter homes or are
seen around buildings, they usually frighten people, who then want them removed immediately. Snake
control can be a very time consuming problem which generally requires action by the property owner, but
many people are unwilling or untrained to capture and remove snakes.

Several snake control methods can be used to discourage snakes from frequenting an area, prevent them
from entering buildings, and to safely capture individual snakes that have strayed indoors. There may be
extreme situations of heavy infestations, particularly of venomous species, that are best handled by qualified
individuals, such as the professionals at Assassin Exterminating and Pest Control. All of our snake removal
experts have 10 or more years experience removing and handling snakes.

Assassin Exterminating provides expert snake removal and exclusion services.
Contact us today to find out how you can finally enjoy your Dallas Fort Worth
backyard this summer.
Identification
One reason that many people become frightened when
they find a snake is because snakes are difficult to
correctly identify (ID). There are many good reference
books available to help recognize snakes, but all too
often the snake is killed before it is identified. Of the
116 species of snakes found in the United States, only
19 are dangerous, including 15 rattlesnakes, two
moccasins (copperhead and cottonmouth), and two
coral snakes.

Coral snakes are in the Family Elapidae. All the others
belong to the viper family (Viperidae) and the "pit viper"
subfamily (Crotalinae). There are three ways to tell pit
vipers (rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths)
from all non-venomous snakes in the United States. Pit
vipers have the following:
  • A deep pit between the eye and the nostril.
  • The pupil (black part of the eye) is vertically
    elliptical; in bright light it may be almost a
    vertical line.
  • The scales on the underside of the tail go all the
    way across. In some cases, the very tip of the tail
    may have two rows. All non-venomous snakes
    native to the U .S. have two rows of scales on the
    underside of the tail from the vent (anus) to the
    tip.

Coral snakes have round pupils and their head is not
distinctly wider than their neck, nor V-shaped. In the U.
S., coral snakes are ringed with red, yellow and black;
the red and yellow rings always touch, and the tip of
the head (snout) is black. The coral snake's markings
can be easily confused with nonvenomous species,
such as King Snakes, but the following ditty can help
ID native coral snakes: "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red
on black, fiend of Jack."

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Habits
Snakes are closely related to lizards. They live in a
wide variety of habitats including forests, swamps,
grasslands, deserts and both fresh and salt water. Some
are active at night, others during the day. Snakes are
predators and eat a wide variety of animals, including
rodents, insects, birds' eggs, and young birds. King and
Indigo Snakes eat other snakes. Some small snakes
feed on earthworms, slugs, and salamanders. Water
snakes eat frogs, fish, and tadpoles. Racers, Coluber
spp., may advance forward until challenged, but most U.
S. snakes do not move toward, charge, or attack people.
They will usually crawl away to find cover and react
only when cornered. Depending on the species and
circumstances, a non-venomous snake may react in
one of several ways when threatened: it may lay on its
back and play dead, hiss, open its mouth in a
threatening manner, coil and strike, or bite (non-
venomous snakes have several rows of short recurved
teeth).

Snakes are cold-blooded and must move to a suitable
surrounding environment to regulate their body
temperature. They can't survive extreme summer heat
for more than 10 - 20 minutes and are rarely found in
the open. They hibernate in the winter and may also be
inactive periodically during hot summer weather. They
spend most of their time resting in cool, damp, dark
hidden areas. Snakes, like all reptiles, will sun
themselves on warm spring days.

Snake activity is seasonal, and they are most active in
the spring. They hibernate in many different places
either singly or in large groups. Dens can be located by
searching places where they are likely to sun
themselves before hibernating in the fall, or when
dispersing from den sites in the spring. Most snakes
can breed when they are two to three years old.
Females may produce dozens of young in a single
brood. Snakes usually reproduce by laying eggs, but
some hatch their eggs inside the female's body and the
young are born alive. Young snakes can take care of
themselves almost immediately. They do not breed
inside houses, but have been known to lay eggs or bear
live young in or under foundations. Minimizing shelter
and food sources will make such an area much less
attractive.

When inspecting property with potential snake
infestations, follow these precautions:
  • Wear protective clothing (i.e., long, loose pants,
    outside high-top leather boots, heavy socks,
    leather gloves, long-sleeved shirt and/ or
    coveralls).
  • Do not approach within striking range (usually
    about 1/3 of the snake's body length) while
    attempting to identify, kill, or capture snakes,
    until you are property trained and equipped.
  • Do not put your hands or feet in places that you
    cannot see. Look before you move or sit.
  • Non-venomous snakes have a round eye pupil
    and have no pit between the eye and the nostril.
  • When in crawl spaces or similar enclosed areas
    that might be infested, maintain communication
    with another person.
  • If you are bitten, move away to avoid multiple
    bites (even nonvenomous snake bites can hurt
    and may become infected).

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Control
Habitat modification and physical exclusion (as with
many other pests) are the most effective long-term
methods for discouraging snakes from frequenting
areas around buildings. The snakes may be feeding on
rodents. The customer should be made aware that even
a dramatic reduction in the rodent population in an
area will not immediately reduce the number of
snakes, since they can go without food for a long time
(sometimes for months).

Habitat Modification
The following recommendations can be useful to
property owners and managers for snake control:
  • Keep grass and adjacent fields trimmed, drainage
    ditches and vacant lots mowed. Keep fence lines,
    parking lots, and railroad beds weed-free.
  • Remove or store firewood, lumber, rock piles,
    pallets and old equipment 12-18 inches off the
    ground and away from buildings.
  • Eliminate trash, garbage, brush and rock piles in
    the area and remove debris from under porches
    and crawl spaces. Remove driftwood, logs, and
    brush along ponds, and other  waterways.
  • Store boxes, containers and portable equipment
    12-18 inches off the floor in sheds, carports,
    garages, basements, and crawl spaces.

Exclusion
The 'rodent-proofing' techniques listed below can also
be used for snake control and snake removal strategies.
  • Seal holes in foundation/walls around pipes,
    conduits or electrical lines with concrete, with
    1/4 inch mesh galvanized screen (hardware
    cloth), or sheet metal.
  • Screen all vents, louvers, windows, exhaust fans
    and chimneys.
  • Install a steel-plate across the entire width of the
    bottom of the outside of every door to reduce the
    clearance to less than 1/4 inch. Seal cracks in
    foundation walls and around chimneys.

For play areas or locations with a heavy infestation of
venomous snakes, our trained and certified
technicians can exclude them by installing a drift
fence 18-36 inches high, using galvanized 1/4-inch
mesh screen hardware cloth. We’ll bury the bottom
edge 4-6 inches in the ground. Put the fence posts on
the inside of the fence and make sure the gate fits
snugly. Sloping the fence outward (from vertical) at a
30-degree angle may be more effective but much more
difficult to install without the help of a professional.
Live Trapping and Snake Removal
Live snake trapping is a snake control method that is used with V-shaped fences and at den entrances. Drift
fences direct the snakes to a wire mesh funnel trap. Funnel traps of 1/4-inch mesh hardware-clothe can be 6
feet long, 2 feet  wide, and 11 inches high, with an inward facing funnel entrance at one or both ends. The
trap is constructed with a locking lid on top of the cage to remove the captured animals. Another type of
funnel trap can be made by rolling a 3 by 4 foot piece of 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth into a cylinder about
one foot in diameter and 4 feet long.

If you have a snake inside your house, it must be physically removed. Hire Assassin Exterminating to find
and remove the snake, or set snake traps inside the home. We can set traps to remove snakes in attics, or in
the basement as well. Removing the snake is usually not enough though. If you want to know how to get
snakes out of the house, you must find out how it got into the house, and seal shut any and all entry points.
Snakes can climb, so it's important to seal the entire house. This is good for keeping out all sorts of critters.
Sealing the house will also get rid of snakes in the basement as well.

There are no toxicants or fumigants which are legal for snake control. There are commercially available
snake repellents, but their effectiveness is variable and should always be used in conjunction with a more
comprehensive Integrated Pest Management plan, such as the snake control and snake removal services
available from Assassin Exterminating and Pest Control.

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