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What to Do If a Snake Enters Your House

Feb 21, 2024 - By the dedicated team of editors and writers at Newsletter Station.

Encountering a snake inside your home can be a frightening and unexpected experience. While many snakes are harmless, knowing how to handle such situations safely and responsibly is essential.

In this blog, we'll discuss what to do if a snake enters your house, step-by-step, to ensure your and the snake's safety.
  1. Stay Calm
    The first and most crucial step is to remain calm. Snakes usually enter homes by accident and are often just as scared as you are. Panicking can lead to irrational decisions and increased risk.
  2. Keep Your Distance
    Maintain a safe distance from the snake. Most snakes will not attack unless they feel cornered or threatened. Keep at least a few feet of space between you and the snake to reduce the chances of a defensive reaction.
  3. Identify the Snake
    Try to identify the snake from a safe distance. While it's always best to assume any snake is potentially dangerous, most snakes found in homes are non-venomous. Some common harmless house snakes include garter snakes, rat snakes, and corn snakes. If you can't identify the snake, treating it as potentially venomous is safer.
  4. Block Its Path
    If possible, close any doors or block the snake's path to prevent it from moving further into your home. You want to limit its options to minimize the chances of a snake hiding in an inaccessible area.
  5. Do Not Attempt to Handle It
    Even if you're experienced with snakes, attempting to handle the snake on your own is not advisable. Handling snakes without proper training can lead to accidents and bites. Always leave the snake handling to professionals.
  6. Contact a Professional
    Call a local wildlife or pest control expert who specializes in snake removal. They have the knowledge, experience, and tools to capture and relocate the snake safely. Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake yourself, as this can be dangerous and is often illegal, especially for protected species.
  7. Keep Pets and Children Away
    During the snake's presence, keep pets and children away from the area where the snake was spotted. Ensure their safety by explaining the situation calmly and instructing them to stay away until the professional arrives.
  8. Seal Entry Points
    After the snake is removed, inspect your home for potential entry points. Snakes can enter through small cracks and gaps in walls, windows, doors, and foundations. Seal any openings to prevent future snake intrusions.
  9. Learn About Local Snakes
    Educate yourself about the types of snakes that are common in your area. Understanding their habits, habitats, and behaviors can help you take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of snakes entering your home.
Encounters with snakes in your home can be unsettling, but responding calmly and responsibly is essential. Following these steps and seeking professional assistance, you can safely handle the situation without harming yourself or the snake.

Remember, most snakes are harmless and are crucial in controlling pests, so it's best to let them be when they find their way inside your house.
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