Florida is home to the greatest number of species of snakes we are familiar with (around 50), but only 6 of those are known to be venomous. While many people are looking for a way to get rid of snakes, the real struggle is how to properly control their population. Why? Because many of those snakes are harmless to humans and can help control the rodent population around your home. However, sometimes things get out of hand, and if you are looking for snake control services, stay on this page for more information.
Common Snakes in Florida
- Water Snakes
- Indigo Snakes (venomous)
- Coachwhip Snakes
- Rattlesnakes (venomous)
- Cottonmouths (venomous)
- Boa Constrictors
Controlling a Snake Population
Spotting a snake is generally not something you should worry about as a homeowner. Like it was mentioned above, they are natural pest exterminators and help to control the rodent population. However, seeing too many snakes or seeing a particular one too often is a problem which requires professional intervention.
Are All Snakes Dangerous?
Although snakes play an important role in our natural ecosystem and should be respected rather than feared, even the non-venomous snakes can be dangerous. Some non-venomous snakes can even eat venomous snakes! However, we at Total Pest Services, do not recommend that you cope with a snake infestation on your own.
How to Get Rid of Snakes
- Keep up distance – If you spot a snake slithering around your yard, chances are it is just passing through. Also, snakes are not naturally aggressive and are usually more afraid than you are. Snakes rarely attack unless encroached upon first. The best thing you can do is just to take a step back and let the snake be on its way.
- Redesign your landscape – You can make your yard less-appealing to snakes by removing debris and heavy vegetation. Basically, you should not give them a spot they can eventually hide. This includes rock piles and plywood, which happen to be prime locations for snake activities.
- Take care of other pests – Most snakes seen in residential yards are actually hunting for food. If you see snakes more commonly than you should be, you most likely have a pest problem.