Snakes, Lizards & Scorpions
Protecting you and your family from Snakes
Snakes – and the risk of Snake Bites – can be a real threat to people even though very few of the species of snakes found here are venomous.
Most snakes are extremely timid creatures and are only likely to attack if cornered or provoked as attack is, in most instances, simply a form of defence.
The required treatment for a Snake Bite varies from species to species and being able to identify the species of snake that has bitten someone is an important part of the procedure. You can learn more about some of world’s better known snakes in our Pest Guides section.
Be aware of the dangers posed by snakes and take steps to avoid them:
- Snake bites caused by accidentally stepping on to a snake- especially if you are out walking in grassland - are nearly impossible to predict or prevent but by taking a few simple, but sensible precautions you can reduce the risk.
- When walking around make plenty of noise to advertise your presence which will most likely cause the snake to move away.
- Wear strong boots or shoes and long pants when walking in grassland.
- NEVER walk about barefoot – especially at night!
- Avoid long grass and stick to paths and tracks as much as possible.
- Use a long stick to ‘probe’ the ground ahead of you; be aware that snakes can ‘play dead’ so do not attempt to touch a snake that appears dead.
- Walk in single file through long grass or the bush.
- Climb on to large rocks or logs in the pathway and step off them on to clear ground; these are favorite haunts for snakes.
- Watch where you put your hands and NEVER put them down a hole.
- Do not attempt to catch, kill or corner a snake.
- Never sleep on the ground unless you have a tent with an attached and built in ground sheet.
- Always use a flashlight to light the ground ahead of you at night.
- If you see a snake stand absolutely still and then slowly back away; remember that many snakes can strike up to half their length.
- When entering garages, sheds or storerooms open the door, light the internal area and visually check for snakes remembering that you will, in all likelihood, be blocking their exit and that this is when they can attack in defense.
Minimize the Risks of Snakes Living in Your Yard
Before looking at ways to prevent snakes getting in to your house you should ensure that your yard is not a haven for snakes to take up residence because they would then be much more likely to make their way into your house or garage you may have.
- Long Grass is a favored habitat of snakes so keep yours well mowed.
- Keep shrubs trimmed round their base and away from the house.
- Ensure that branches of trees do not overhang your house or seating areas in your yard.
- Stack your wood on a suitable platform – such as a pallet – off the ground.
- Regularly sweep up leaves and other debris in your yard.
- Fill gaps, cracks and crevices in brick and stone walls.
- Wooden decking in seating areas should be solid, rather than slatted, to prevent snakes climbing through it.
- Be aware that play areas, tree houses, sand pits etc are potential harborages for snakes.
- Compost heaps could potentially attract many different species of wildlife which, in turn, may become the prey of a snake. Ensure that your compost is made in a sealed and solid structure, preferably raised off the ground, and can be securely sealed against any wildlife but particularly rodents.
‘Proof’ Your House Against Snakes
How ‘snake proof’ is your house? Are you aware that a snake, particularly the thinner ones, can get in to your home through a gap the size of a biro or pencil – as can a mouse! Also remember that snakes can swim and climb so carefully inspect your house and garage outbuildings.
You may purchase any number of DIY Products to help you seal any obvious entry points or Ehrlich Pest Control can inspect your premises and advise you on proofing against entry by snakes – and rodents.
What to look for when inspecting your property:
- Do you have screens on your windows and doors? Are there gaps around the frame or holes in the actual screening?
- Do you have gaps under doors in & out of the house, garage doors, shed doors? If so, weather stripping can be an effective way to seal these.
- Are there are holes, cracks or crevices in the brick or plaster work of your house?
- Are there any holes, cracks and crevices between patio areas or pathways and your house? Drainage areas in patios are a perfect point of entry.
- Is the gauge size of any grates covering your drains small enough to stop snakes going down it?
- Make sure that there are no holes in your roof that snakes can get through - particularly if trees overhang your house.
- Ensure base boards do not have gaps under or behind them.
- Seal all holes where wiring, plumbing or gas enters your home.
- Cover gutters and drain pipes with fine gauge mesh.
- If your home has wooden floorboards ensure that access to the floor space beneath them is sealed and that gaps. between the boards themselves are filled.
Although many homeowners struggle with do it yourself control remedies the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.
Ehrlich technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified, licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.
At Ehrlich Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. We are always available 24 hours a day for any emergency pest concerns that may develop and all appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you our customer. If you would like further advice or to arrange a free pest inspection by an Ehrlich technician, call us free at .