Snakes

It can be downright frightening when you come across a snake, not knowing whether or not it is venomous. Texas is home to 15 venomous snakes: Western Cottonmouth, Southern Copperhead, Broadband Copperhead and Trans-Pecos Copperhead, Western Diamondback, Timber, Mottled Rock. Banded Rock, Northern Black-Tailed, Mojave, Prairie, Desert Massasauga, Western Massasauga and Western Pygmy Rattlesnake and Texas Coral Snake. While the list of nonvenomous snakes includes over 100 species and subspecies, snake removal is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. At no time should should you try to get close, identify or let alone remove this pest yourself, snake control and removal should only be attempted by people who understand the danger this animal can present. To protect your home or business from snakes, first learn about these pests, their behaviors, steps for prevention, and contact Stellar Pest & Wildlife should you see a snake on your property.

What Are Snakes?

Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles. While the majority of snakes are non venomous, some possess venom strong enough to cause painful injuries or even death. The most common type of venomous snakes locally are pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads. The only other type of venomous snake in Dallas, Texas is the coral snake, which is very brightly colored with red sections touching yellow bands. Most snakes will actually try and stay as far away from you as possible and are not a threat unless they feel threatened.

How Did I Get Snakes?

Snakes are highly adaptable to living among human beings, As new housing developments come up around established neighborhoods, snakes move to where they feel safe — under decks, houses, playgrounds, and in landscaped grasses and flower beds. Snakes will often make their way into your home or property in search for food, so if you have a rodent problem it is best to resolve it quickly before attracting the attention of these predators.

How Do I Prevent Snakes?

The best way to avoid encountering a snake is to remove the things around your yard that could make it a haven for them. There are some steps you can take to remove food and shelter for them.

Get rid of any rock piles, brush piles and mulch piles also keep your grass well-mowed and trimmed. In addition eliminate piles of lumber, debris, firewood, tin and plastic.

Since snakes can also enter structures, and they most always do so from ground level, so you may also think about sealing any low openings or spaces you have on your home or outbuildings.

How to Prepare for Our Visit

To prepare for a Stellar Pest and Wildlife’s bed bug treatment of your home or business, you should gather the following information:

* A list of any places that you have seen a snake or eggs on your property

* Any shed snake skins

* Any locations with slither marks

In order to prepare your home or business, you should:

* Box up or cover any outdoor furniture at night

* Keep all pets and children in your home

If someone is bitten by a venomous snake, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Call 911 or the Texas Poison Center Network at 1-800-222-1222 for information about which medical centers in your area have appropriate antivenin. It is also important to identify the kind of snake that bit the victim (this is the only time where you should identify the type of snake).

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