6 things that snakes will bring into your home
The United States is home to 50 different species of snakes, from the docile garter snakes you might find in your yard to the venomous copper heads. However, you don’t only encounter these often fearsome animals in the wild – they can and often will settle in your home if they have the opportunity. If you don’t want any surprises in your space, read on to find out what experts say could be attracting queues to your home.
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You may think the mice in your house are torture, but they are nothing compared to the snakes they may attract.
“Lots of species of snakes forage for rodents, and if you have rodents in your attic or property, there’s a very good chance that snakes are there too,” she says Adrienne Vosseler from Trutech Wildlife Service and Critter Control Operations.
Even if you don’t have mice, “look for food like bird eggs, baby birds, frogs, lizards, and other smaller amphibians that can also attract snakes,” says Vosseler.
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These piles of leaves do more than just make your yard look messy – they could provide the perfect cover for snakes to get into your home, especially if they’re near your foundation.
“Piles of leaves and hedge trimmings serve to camouflage snakes, giving them space to hide from predators,” explains Vosseler.
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Using stones in your landscaping can add an aesthetic appeal to your home, but having those stones next to your house can make your space more attractive to snakes as well.
“If you need a pile of wood or stones, keep it well away from your house so the animals are not tempted to sneak into your house while they are hiding.” Nancy Trojan, PhD, certified entomologist at Ehrlich Pest Control.
“Be careful when reaching into these piles,” she warns. “You never know what you will trip over.”
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Perhaps you thought the shrubbery surrounding your home would help distract the eye from the less-than-outstanding color scheme on your foundation, or maybe you just think it will add some much-needed color to your space. Regardless of why you planted it, however, this dense vegetation provides perfect cover for snakes.
“Tall grass and stubborn shrubs attract rodents and provide snakes with good cover. These places are remote, which allows snakes to hide from predators and hide while foraging,” says Troyano, who notes that unmanaged plant roots can also cause cracks in a foundation that allow snakes to enter your space.
If you’ve been waiting to reseal the gaps around your window frames or mending the cracks in your foundation, there is no better time to reconsider.
“Snakes can get into your house through a gap the size of a pencil,” says Troyano. “It’s important to close up any holes, cracks, or crevices in the house, especially near the crawl space. Drainage areas are perfect entry points for snakes.”
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You may have bought this bird bath to attract birds, but you may find that it attracts a less welcome species of wildlife instead.
“Snakes need water to survive. So if you have an easily accessible bird bath in the garden, you will likely attract snakes, ”says Natalie Barrett, a pest control expert at Nifty Pest Control.
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