How to Deal With a Snake in the House

Snake in the House
How to Deal With a Snake in the House

To most people a snake is a snake, you’re not going to know exactly which species it is and you’re probably not going to want to hang around and ask it.  The first, and perhaps the safest reaction, is to get out of the house and call the local exterminators. They should be able to help whether you have an ant issue or a snake infestation.

Act Fast

It’s funny but few things instill the same level of fear as the sight of a snake. It’s not just humans affected by this, many animals recognize the threat they possess and some monkeys even have a special alarm call to alert their colony.

In fact, the funniest thing is that, in many cases, the snake is not actually a threat.

Snakes can move surprisingly fast but they are not the most gracious of movers.  Unless they are exceptionally large or venomous, they don’t actually present much of a threat to a human. Of course, you need to know the snake you’re dealing with to know if it’s venomous or not.

That’s why you need to have an action plan and implement it.

Get Out

The best advice is to get you and your family out of the house. This is only an option if you can all safely get past the snake and out.  If possible you should contain the snake to one room or area of your home.  Of course, they are experts at sliding through small gaps and may not be easy to contain.

Snake in House
Snake in House

Call For Help

You should find out more about your local pest control snake control program.  This will give you someone to call and extra tips on what species you’re likely to encounter in your area.  Knowing that a snake is not venomous will make it easier to deal with.

If you’re out of the house and have called for help you simply need to wait for the experts and be vigilant.

Trapping The Snake

If getting out of the house is not an option then you need to contain the snake.  If you’re dealing with a small snake you may be able to drop a bucket, or similar container, over the snake, effectively trapping it until help arrives.

Alternatively, you may be able to drive the snake outside.  Use a broom or something similar with a long reach.  This prevents you from getting in the strike zone of the snake.  You can then gently urge the snake out of the house.

But, you should still monitor it and get the professionals to move it on.

Should you be unable to trap the snake or direct it out of your home you’ll want to build a barricade that keeps it where it is.  The snake probably won’t move unless it’s disturbed, barricading it isn’t as difficult as it sounds.  Simply use wood or even cardboard boxes to create a confined area.

The experts will then know exactly where the snake is and be able to deal with it for you.