If you have seen a snake in your home, then you may be scared that the snake is a poisonous one that needs to be professionally removed. Well, you should know that there are 21 species of venomous snakes in the United States. However, there are certain areas, like western New York, that do not have any venomous snakes in the area. If you are sure that the snake in your home is one that is not dangerous or if it is extremely small, then you can try to get rid of it on your own. If the snake is actively living in your walls, then keep reading to learn how to get rid of it:
Set Up A Funnel
It can be extremely hard to locate a snake in a wall. However, you do not need to remove it from the wall itself. You need to locate the general area where you think the snake is located. Snakes will typically not find a constant food source in your home. If you have mice though, then you should put some traps out to catch them and reduce the snake's food source. This will force the snake outdoors to hunt. Snakes will move outside to find food anyway if there is no food source directly in your home.
Snakes will use an access point to travel inside and outside your home. Look for this area. Snakes only need an opening about the size of their head to slither through. Smaller snakes have heads that are smaller than the circumference of a dime, so even the tiniest openings can be used by a snake. Once you find this opening, install a one-way exclusion funnel leading out of the home. Once the snake leaves, it will be unable to return.
If you want to be 100% sure that the snake leaves for good, then purchase a funnel with a connected trap. Once the snake enters the trap, you can release it outdoors. You will need to fill in the opening in your home with caulk, spray foam insulation, or metal mesh material.
Add A Trap
If you do not want to deal with searching out the snake and then hoping it leaves, then you can draw it out with a snake trap. Snake traps are small boxes with a large opening on the side. Inside the trap is a lure and the bottom of the box is covered in sticky glue, much like the glue traps used for mice.
The traps are meant to attract mice within a 10-foot radius, so this will cover a larger area of your home. Set up the trap in a quiet location and check it every day to see if a snake has been caught. If so, take the trap outdoors, open it up, and pour vegetable or olive oil on the glue where the snake is caught.
Contact local pest removal services for more information and assistance.