Humane Snake Removal

Snake Removal

Widely feared and hated, snakes are actually an important part of many ecosystems due to their ability to reduce populations of other pests. However, a snake in or directly around your home may not feel like such a welcome guest. Although most snakes are harmless, if you’d like to remove a snake from your property, it’s essential to leave the process to professionals. Snakes are known to attempt to bite humans when provoked, especially when they’re caught in an attempt to relocate them. As with any potentially dangerous creature, hiring a licensed expert is your best bet for safe and effective removal.

How snakes enter residential spaces

Snakes hibernate during the winter, so it’s common to begin to see snakes in mid-to-late spring when the weather becomes a little bit warmer. It’s also more common to see snakes in suburban or rural areas, especially in properties surrounded by vegetation. In many cases, seeing a snake outside your home may just indicate that the snake is passing through as you happen to live near its normal habitat. However, if the snake sticks around longer than you’re comfortable with or takes up residence inside your home, that’s a great time to call in the experts.  

The potential damage caused by snakes

Snakes don’t often cause lasting physical damage to your home, although this is possible if there’s a large nest containing multiple snakes. However, it’s more common for people to feel threatened by snakes and fear for the safety of themselves, their children, and their pets. 

The potential threat can range from a solitary non-poisonous snake in the house to a large snake nest in your foundation or basement to a poisonous snake threatening you or your family.

How to eliminate snakes from your home

At Complete Wildlife Removal, whenever we receive snake removal calls, our focus is on trapping and safely removing all snakes from your property. While most snakes in Salt Lake City and Park City (and the broader Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho areas that we serve) are harmless, it can still help with your peace of mind to have the snake removed. 

Most scenarios allow for us to arrive and simply grab and remove the snake. If the snake is hiding or has moved to an unknown location, we may set a trap that we’d return to remove. In the case of a snake nest, we’ll assess the situation on a case-by-case basis to decide on the safest and most effective removal approach.   

If the snake was inside your home, we’ll also investigate how the snake entered the home and seal off any potential entry points to prevent further snake infestations. 

Timeline, cost, and other factors

The timeline, cost, and effectiveness of this process depend on many factors, including whether the snakes are inside or outside your home and how many snakes are present. Compared to other pests, snake removal is often a simple and extremely effective process. 

What Attracts Snakes to Your Property?

It’s never fun to discover there are snakes living on your property, regardless if they’re venomous or not. Visit to learn more about snakes’ behavior and their diet. Snakes are overall unpleasant to be around and can pose a serious threat to your pets and children. This is why it’s a good idea to stay informed, and that is what we at Complete Wildlife Removal aim to help you with, through this article.

Today, we’ll talk a bit about what exactly is attracting snakes to your property. Knowing what’s attracting the serpents in the first place can help you keep the snakes away, obviously. By removing the main attraction points, you make your home undesirable to snakes, and thus drastically decrease the chance of encountering one on your property.

  1. Like most other animals, snakes are looking for food.

In most cases of wild animal invasion on human property, the animal in question is just looking for food, which is understandable. In the case of snakes, food usually means smaller animals, or in some cases slugs. So, if you’re dealing with a snake on your property, it’s also more than likely that you are dealing with mice, rats, squirrels, or other such animals. They will also look for bird eggs, small birds, or frogs (if you’ve got a pond on your property, this may be an issue).

In some cases, large snakes will also eat smaller snakes, so that may also be an issue. 

  1. Tallgrass makes for ideal hiding grounds.

It’s a commonly accepted truth about unwanted wild animals that they won’t usually lurk around properties that are neat and tidy. Think about it, a snake isn’t stupid, it doesn’t want to spend time in a place where it could be easily spotted and killed. This is why, more often than not, snakes will be found in tall grass, untrimmed lawns, or yards with hefty leaves or log piles. Such things simply provide a better hiding spot for snakes, which is why we recommend keeping your yard neat and tidy, to decrease the chance of attracting snakes or other wild animals.

Also, keep in mind that we’re not just talking grass here. You also want to cut back on the bushes and hedges around your yard, as these make for ideal hiding spots for snakes.

  1. Look for holes or gaps in your home foundation.

A common reason why snakes are flocking to a human property is that it provides an easy hiding spot. This often means you’ve got holes or gaps in your home foundation. We also recommend inspecting the area underneath your deck or patio, as well as the shed, if you’ve got one. Alternatively, inspect the structure of your roof and attic area. If your trees have overly grown branches, then it can be quite easy for a snake to crawl up and into your attic. 

So it’s probably a smart and necessary move to regularly inspect the structure of your home, and check for holes, gaps, cracks, or other such potential entry points.

  1. Pay special attention to birds.

As we mentioned, birds and bird eggs are common feasts for snakes, so their presence on your property may also account for the presence of snakes. This also goes for bird baths. Like pretty much any other wild animal out there, snakes need a constant supply of water, which is made easy by bird baths (or even by water left out for a pet). A ready water source may also explain why snakes keep coming to your home, so it might be a smart idea to get rid of these installations promptly, to avoid the snakes.

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How to Get Snakes out of Your Attic

    Snakes are one of the most hated species of nuisance animals by many different people. For many people, the simple appearance of a snake is terrifying. Snakes are very common in both urban and rural areas, and it is not uncommon for snakes to make their way into people’s homes, garages, and other buildings. It is not wise to live with snakes, so removing them is very important. Continue reading to learn how to get snakes out of your attic. 

Why are snakes in my home?

    If you have a snake in your attic, you are probably very worried about the big picture and how the snake got into your home in the first place. Snakes love to find sheltered areas out of the elements where they can live and raise their young. A home is a great place for snakes to live, as it is dry, out of the elements, warm, and dark. Snakes love all of these different factors and make it a point to try to get into any home they can. In addition, the basement and the attic are the perfect places in the home for a snake, as they are even more dark and secluded. 

What problems do snakes cause?

    Snakes are one of the unique types of nuisance wildlife that only seem to pose health risks and do not do much in the way of property damage. As is obvious to most people, snakes can be venomous, which makes them very dangerous and harmful to humans. Since the highest risk of danger is with venomous snakes, being able to identify the snakes can go a long way towards knowing what problems they can cause. Beyond the risk of a venomous bite, snakes are capable of spreading diseases in a variety of ways, which can potentially cause fatal illness for humans and pets. Even a bite from a non-venomous snake can be very painful, can get infected, or can have a disease transmitted through it from the snake. For this reason, it is very important to remove snakes from your home.

How can snakes be prevented?

    One of the best ways to prevent snakes from getting into your home and your attic is to examine your home inch by inch. Look for any holes, gaps, or cracks of even the tiniest sizes, as snakes are able to wriggle into many different places with relative ease. If you find any potential problem areas, you can use items like steel wool, an all-weather sealant, new lumber, or other such materials in order to keep snakes out for good. Once you have checked the entire home for any of these areas and have repaired them, snakes will likely not be able to make their way into your home. 

How should snakes be removed?

    The removal of snakes is very tricky, as there are a few different complicating factors to be aware of. One of the most important things to be aware of is that snakes can be venomous, and even if you are almost certain you can identify the species, it is still wise to go nowhere near the snake. In addition, oftentimes snakes can have babies in your home, which can lead to a multiplication of your problems. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to hire a professional wildlife removal company to remove snakes for you, as these experts are able to take care of the problem while keeping you, your family, and your pets safe from the snakes and the diseases they carry. In addition, these professionals are able to find any problems with your home and fix them, preventing any future infestations.

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