How to Keep Snakes Away from Your House
September 13, 2016
If you’ve lived in Jacksonville for any amount of time, chances are you’ve seen at least one snnaaakke in your neighborhood. Florida is home to 50 species of snakes, only 6 of which are venomous and pose a danger to humans or pets. The other 44 species are wonderful for keeping rodents, insects, and other pests under control. Regardless, the majority of us don’t want snakes in or around our homes which is why it’s important to know how to not attract these reptiles to your property.
All snakes are predators and as such, are attracted to food. Since their food source is primarily rodents, insects, and other small animals, the key is to not attract these pests. Food not properly contained, or left outside, is the number one attractor of small pests which can then attract snakes. This makes the first step of snake prevention to be keeping the lids on trash cans and to not leave food out, especially overnight.
Habitat is also a key factor toward bringing snakes onto your property. Shrubs, bushes, and decorative plants should always be a minimum of 18″ away from the side of your home. Snakes love to seek shelter in dense Florida foliage, such as decorative palms and flowerbeds. Keeping plants trimmed, especially around the base, is a great way to reduce the habitat snakes enjoy. This also applies to any other structures on your property, such as a shed or detached garage which can also serve as a safe haven for snakes. These are often quiet areas and neglected zones which do not see daily foot traffic, making them great homes for rodents.
Decorative water features are a favorite of water moccasins, or cotton mouths. A small pond or fountain is a very favorable place for these venomous snakes. As water features can commonly be near entryways, as soon as your door opens the snake may feel the cool air and slip inside, posing a danger to your family.
Should you find a snake in your home, be sure to call a certified pest removal professional. Not all venomous snakes are easily identified, which is why it is never a good idea to try to remove a potentially dangerous snake by yourself.