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Snake Control & Prevention Services

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Snakes are abundant in Texas, many of which are completely harmless and aid in the control of rodents and other pest populations. That isn’t to say you want them to move into your home or yard. The majority of snakes in Texas are not dangerous to humans. Snakes actually benefit humans by eating rodents and insects, providing free, natural pest control. However, some snakes are venomous, which means that if left untreated, their bite can result in serious injury or death. When you encounter a snake, knowing the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes will help you stay safe. Knowing how to recognize snakes is also vital since state law protects many non-venomous and one venomous species, making it illegal to hurt them.

Snakes can be safely removed from your property by Bailey’s Critter Removal wildlife control specialists. Keep all pets and family members at a safe distance if you encounter a snake and suspect that the snake is venomous. The snake is just as terrified of you, and if it feels the need to defend itself, it will strike. Call Bailey’s right away to ensure the safe removal and relocation of snakes on your property.

Texas Snake Species

The Timber rattlesnake, also known as the Canebreak rattlesnake, is a large, heavy-bodied snake that grows to be around 4-1/2 feet long. Broad, dark crossbands in brown or tan. The tail is absolutely black. The far eastern third of Texas, in wooded areas and wet bottomlands, is home to this species.

The Mottled Rock rattlesnake has a light cream or pink background with dark crossbands that are widely spaced and mottled areas between them. With an average length of around two feet, they are short and slender. West Texas’ mountainous regions are home to this species.

The Banded Rock rattlesnake is similar to the mottled rock rattlesnake, but its color is a darker greenish-gray. Just found in Texas’ far westernmost reaches.

The back of a Blacktail rattlesnake is gray to olive green, with dark blotches and a black tail. It can be found in bushes and on rocky ledges from Central Texas to much of West Texas, with a length of 3-1/2 feet.

The markings of the Mojave rattlesnake are similar to those of the western diamondback, but it is smaller and more slender, and it is only found in West Texas.

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Prairie rattlesnake is a slender rattler with rounded blotches down the middle of its back and greenish or grayish coloration. The grassy plains of the western third of the state are home to this species, which has an average length of about three feet.

Light gray Massasauga with brown oval blotches running down the center of the back and smaller blotches running down either side. They are two feet long and can be found in grasslands, marshy, and swampy areas in the state.

The desert Massasauga is lighter in color, smaller, and more slender than the western Massasauga. The Trans-Pecos, the western Panhandle, and the lower Rio Grande Valley are all home to this species.

Copperheads– In Texas, there are three subspecies of copperheads: the Southern copperhead, which is 20-30 inches long and found throughout the eastern one-third of the state; the Broadband copperhead, which is around two feet long and found in central and western Texas; and the Trans-Pecos copperhead, which is 20-30 inches long and found near springs in the southern Trans-Pecos. Because of its shorter fangs (1.2 to 7.2 mm in length) and a minimal amount of venom, a copperhead’s bite is rarely lethal.

Cottonmouths are also known as ‘water moccasins,’ but there is only one recognized subspecies in Texas: the Western cottonmouth. They are the only semi-aquatic viper in the world. Cottonmouths come in a range of shades, including dark brown, olive-brown, olive green, and almost solid black. Wide, dark bands run through them, with some people having more distinct bands than others. The markings on juvenile snakes are more vivid. Cottonmouths get their name from the white tissue within their mouth that they show when they are threatened. This heavy-bodied snake, which averages around 3-1/2 feet in length, can be found in swamps and sluggish wetlands, coastal marshes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams throughout the eastern half of the state.

Coral snakes do not have cat’s-eye eyes, and they are venomous. They’re Texas’ only venomous snake with brightly colored red, yellow, and black bands that completely encircle the body. Since Texas scarlet snakes and Louisiana and Mexican milk snakes have the same red, black, and yellow coloration pattern, the order of the colored bands is critical. “Red next to black is Jack’s friend; red next to yellow will kill a fellow,” is a good memory aid to remember.

Finally, the bands on scarlet and milk snakes do not fully encircle the body, stopping at ground level, and the underbelly is uniform in color. Coral snakes in Texas are shy and non-aggressive. Despite the fact that their mouths are smaller than those of most venomous snakes, they can still bite if handled. Coral snakes eat mainly other snakes and small reptiles, and they belong to the same snake family as India’s cobras.

Why Are Snakes Around Your Home?

Snakes inhabit your property because they are looking for a food source or a good place to reproduce. Snakes don’t migrate 10 miles every day to catch their prey; instead, they live on top of it. Both venomous and non-venomous snakes eat small rodents such as rats, mice, chipmunks, and voles.

Snakes and their food sources must be removed to control your snake problem. Snakes have been known to use homes to raise their young. Female snakes seek a suitable habitat to lay eggs far away from nest predators such as raccoons and opossums after breeding. Crawl spaces beneath houses are frequently used for this.

Snake Removal Safety

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Snakes like to stay away from people and will only bite if they feel threatened. If you come across a venomous snake, remain calm and slowly walk away. The snake may not chase you, but it may try to find a way to getaway. Before you see a rattlesnake, you may hear it rattle. If that’s the case, you can stop moving before you can find the snake. It’s possible you walked right by the snake until it warned you, so don’t take any steps back until you’ve checked. Keep an eye on where you step and reach when working outside.

Rather than reaching beneath boards or logs, use a stick or a long-handled tool to lift them. When you’re going to be in an area where snakes are likely, tall, thick boots are a good idea. For even more security, snake chaps or snake boots can be purchased. Rattlesnakes sometimes use prickly pear cactus for shelter, particularly if the cactus contains a wood rat nest. If you’re going to burn a cactus, make sure to brush the bottom of the plant first to keep snakes away. If you come across a snake outside, do not try to kill it. When you kill a venomous snake, you are more likely to be hurt than if you leave the snake alone, and snakes play an important role in the ecosystem by keeping rodent populations down.

Snake Removal & Exclusion

Snakes are the last thing you want to find on your property, whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property owner. When devising a snake removal plan for your specific situation, we at Bailey’s Critter Removal prioritize your safety. We safely capture and remove the snakes using humane traps, and we practice effective habitat modification to keep them from returning.

Snake Control Process

Step 1: Property Inspection
We perform a thorough inspection and remove the snake manually if possible. Snake control, like any other critter, begins with a thorough inspection of the property. We search the property for food sources and areas where snakes could hide, in addition to looking for snakes. During the initial examination, we remove any snakes we find and can get our hands-on.

Step 2: Removing The Snakes
Many San Antonio residents have trouble grasping the concept of snake trapping. But we’re indeed quite good at catching snakes. Following our initial snake inspection and manual removal service, we install our traps. Throughout the snake removal service, these traps remain in place and are refreshed regularly.

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Step 3: Controlling Critter Repellent and Food Sources
After our trapping process, we may also apply a repellent to the property to make it less appealing to snakes. Although these deterrents aren’t effective against all snake species, they help keep some snake species and food sources at bay.

Curbing the population of snake food sources on the property is necessary for successful snake removal. Managing the food source will, of course, reduce a snake’s desire to visit your property. However, if we eradicate snakes from your property, we must ensure that food source populations do not increase. If you end up with a rat problem resulting from removing your snakes, snake control won’t be much help. As a result, proper snake service includes rodent population control on the property.’

Step 4: Altering the Habitat
Our goal is to keep your snake problem under control while causing the least amount of disruption to your life possible. However, to complete a proper snake removal process, it may be necessary to make changes to your property.

To bring the population under control, snake or snake food source harborage areas may need to be removed. This entails eliminating woodpiles, sealing crawlspaces, or the area beneath a shed. There are also critter eviction options to deter snakes. Because these are limited to specific environments, they will only be offered if they will be effective for your snake problem.

Preventing Snakes

The best way to keep snake populations under control is to eliminate potential food and shelter sources. Snakes are deterred from making homes on residential lawns by removing refuse piles and mowing grass regularly. Wildlife technicians can also install fine mesh or caulk to seal cracks and gaps along exterior walls (prevent entry into the home).

Steps can be taken to control pest populations, such as keeping living spaces clean and storing food in rodent-proof containers to eliminate potential food sources. Snake-proof fences can be erected in areas with high native snake populations to keep the slithery pests away from children in play areas.

Request A Snake Control Appointment

In San Antonio, TX, Bailey’s Critter Removal is your best bet for healthy and humane snake removal. You may expect services to be provided in a timely and professional manner when you work with a competent team who understands animal behavior. Call us at (210) 679-1487 to make an appointment. Get rid of snakes on your land and talk to our experienced technicians about snakes today! 

Contact us today to learn more about Snake Control Services in San Antonio, TX. To get started, call us at (210) 679-1487.

 

Service Areas

Serving Windcrest TX and the surrounding Bexar County areas of Alamo Heights, Balcones Heights, Castle Hills, China Grove, Converse, Cross Mountain, Elmendorf, Fair Oaks Ranch, Grey Forest, Helotes, Hill Country Village, Hollywood Park, Kirby, Lackland, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Lytle, Macdona, Olmos Park, Randolph, San Antonio, Sandy Oaks, Scenic Oaks, Schertz, Selma, Shavano Park, Somerset, Saint Hedwig, Terrell Hills, Timberwood Park, Universal City, Von Ormy, Windcrest and more.