What are snakes?
Snakes are unique reptiles. With more than 3,000 species living worldwide, almost everyone has come across one of these legless creatures at one time or another. In our area of Nebraska, the most common species of snakes that people find on their properties are rattlesnakes, garter snakes, copperhead snakes, water moccasins, and ground snakes.
Snakes are cold-blooded, meaning that they regulate their temperature externally. To get warmer, they move into the sun; to get cooler, they move into the shade. Snakes are covered in scales that help to trap moisture and protect their bodies, as they move around the ground. They use their unique forked tongues as a way to sense their environment and danger. To grow, snakes shed their skin – typically every month. They also shed their skins to get rid of parasites. A snake’s size, color pattern, and hunting behavior depend on its species.
Are snakes dangerous?
Of the 3,000 species of snakes, only about 600 are venomous and considered dangerous to people. The venom that snakes possess is strong enough to cause significant health problems in humans. In our area, the venomous snakes that cause people the most concern and that are dangerous are the rattlesnake, copperhead, and water moccasin.
The good news is, most of the snakes we come across like ground snakes and garter snakes are harmless to people. Most snakes help to reduce the number of rodents and other vermin that invade our properties.
Why do I have a snake problem?
Like any pest, snakes can become a problem on any property that offers them shelter and sources of food. In general, properties that are near wooded areas, fields, meadows, or bodies of water tend to have the most problems with unwanted snakes. Since snakes are outdoor pests preventing them from moving onto your property is difficult.
Where will I find snakes?
Most snakes live on land, but some species like the water moccasin are aquatic. Snakes typically live in areas that hide them from view. You’ll find them under leaf piles, logs, woodpiles, shrubs, bushes, along water edges, and next to rock walls or foundations. It is, however, common to see snakes out in the open on sidewalks, driveways, and wooded paths. Snakes live outside and only rarely find their way inside if food sources are available or as a place to hibernate.
How do I get rid of snakes?
Get rid of snakes from your residential or commercial property with the help of the local experts at All Star Pest Control. We will eliminate snakes and other pests from your home or business and provide the follow-up services needed to prevent them from returning. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we meet all their pest control needs.
All Star Pest Control offers exceptional pest control services, using the most modern technology and products available. If you are ready to protect your Omaha, Nebraska home or business from pests, reach out to All Star Pest Control today. Our results are guaranteed!
How can I prevent snakes in the future?
The best way to prevent future problems with snakes is to partner with the professionals at All Star Pest Control. It is also important to implement the following prevention tips:
- Make your property as unappealing as possible to snakes by keeping the grass cut short, getting rid of piles of debris, and cleaning up leaf piles.
- Store firewood up off of the ground and away from the outside of your home.
- Trim back overgrown grass, shrubs, and bushes away from the foundation of your home.
- Maintain gardens and prevent weeds and other plants from overgrowing.
- Seal up any openings in your foundation or exterior walls.
- Keep doors to sheds and garages shut as much as possible.
- Remove bird feeders from your property that attract rodents that act as food sources for snakes.
- Typically the best way to control snake populations is with the help of a trained professional that can provide routine services.