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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