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How to Deal with Snakes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Snakes can be very scary, but, in general, they are harmless. Of the 25 or so species of snakes in Colorado, only a few are venomous. Here are some tips for living with snakes.

Know the Dangerous Snakes

Although most snakes are harmless, venomous snake bites can be deadly, so it’s important to be able to identify the poisonous varieties found in Colorado. Look for these characteristics:

  • Tail rattles

  • Wide triangular heads

  • Pits between nostrils and eyes

  • Vertical pupils in eyes that may shrink to slits in daylight

If you don’t know whether a snake is venomous or not, don’t disturb it to try to get a better look. In general, snakes will warn before biting, but if they feel threatened, they can strike.

Live and Let Live

If you can, just not interfering with snakes is the best approach. Snakes can be beneficial, eating insect and rodent pests like mice and gophers. So if you can let snakes go about their business without troubling them at all, you’ll benefit in the long run.

Encouraging Snakes to Move on

If you don’t want snakes to live around your home, it’s important to change the environment to make your yard inhospitable to them. This means:

  • Eliminate cool damp places where snakes shelter from the sun, like tall grass, wood piles, and raised outbuildings

  • Eliminate openings to homes and outbuildings

  • Control insect and rodent populations

  • In areas with rattlesnakes, you should build a snake-proof barrier fence around areas where children and pets play

Most snakes will take the hint and move on.

Professional Snake Removal

If you have a snake you want to get rid of now, don’t try to attack or kill it yourself. We can provide professional snake removal. We do it safely and humanely for relocation.

Please contact Animal & Pest Control Specialist today for snake removal in the greater Denver metro area from Evergreen to Aurora, Boulder to Castle Rock.

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