There are approximately 37 species of snakes in North Carolina, but only six are venomous.
Will a Pest Company Remove a Snake?
Some pest control companies will remove snakes, while others will not. This will depend on their level of expertise and protective gear. Make sure to ask the company regarding this specifically. They may ask you what kind of snake you’re having a problem with. Here are a few of the varieties we come across.
The copperhead is the most common venomous snake in the state and causes the most bites. Fortunately, their venom is relatively mild and only causes slight swelling and pain that can be treated effectively. Copper Snakes are known for their copper-red heads and hourglass pattern. An adult copperhead is a medium-sized pit viper and able to detect a difference in temperature that allows them to accurately strike the source of heat. You will find copperheads in an extremely wide range of habitats. However, they prefer places with a semblance of wood or forest but are quite tolerant to habitat alterations and can survive well in suburban areas. If you spot a triangular head, steer clear and contact a pest company that is trained to remove snakes.
The cottonmouth resembles the copperhead but features an unpatterned, olive, or dark skin. If they open their mouths, you will see a white cottony interior. Commonly known as the water moccasin, this snake is the only venomous water snake. They rarely bite humans; however, they only attack when threatened. The severity of the bite is comparable to that of a copperhead; however, the results can be serious or even deadly. Anyone suffering from a cottonmouth bite should seek medical attention immediately.
3. Timber Rattlesnake
Varied in coloration, the timber rattlesnake has light skin with dark bonds. The key distinctive feature is the rattle which is a loosely attached segment at the end of the tail. When vibrated, the segment makes rapid contact with each other, resulting in the buzzing sound of a disturbed rattlesnake. With a length of four feet, timber rattlesnakes hide in forest-like environments, and their bites more severe than the copperhead and cottonmouth. If bitten, seek medical help immediately.
4. Pigmy Rattlesnake
This type of snake is smaller than the other venomous in North Carolina. However, with a reach of about 1-2 feet with gray, pink, or red skin, their bites are deadly and should seek emergency immediately. They have a rattle as well and can be found well-hidden among leaf piles in swamps or forests and can be encountered at crossing roads on summer evenings.
5. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest in the Americas. Their stout-bodied pit vipers live in dry, pine flatwoods, woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats. Reaching 4-5 feet long, they can be identified by their yellow-bordered, light-centered black diamonds pattern. Diamondbacks are feared as deadly and aggressive but will only attack in defense. They are natural exterminators, only surviving on household pests such as rats and mice. You do not want to taunt or try to capture or kill a rattlesnake. They can accurately strike at up to one-third their body length, and bites are extremely painful.
6. Eastern Coral
Coral snakes are rarely seen in most areas because they are highly secretive and spend most of their time underground. They reach four feet in length and have obvious features of a bright body pattern of red, yellow, and black rings. When threatened, coral snakes often elevate and curl the tips of their tail. They prey on primarily other snakes and lizards, which they kill by injecting venom. Bites are less common with humans, but they are more severe by triggering respiratory failure as their venom interferes with the central nervous system.
How Will They Remove a Snake?
There are many different types of pest control companies that can safely remove a snake from your home without you having to stress or worry about it. Here are four steps pest control uses to humanely remove snakes from your property.
- Pest control technicians will survey your home and its grounds to look for places that snakes could potentially be hiding in places such as woodpiles, grassy areas, and other nesting areas. They also check for food sources around your home.
- Pest control technicians do not kill snakes but rather trap them and release them in their natural habitat away from your home.
- Repellant is placed around your home to make the areas less appealing for snakes and other pests.
- Pest control technicians will recommend changing up your property by removing wood piles, tall grass areas, and other hiding places. You need to snake-proof your property by eliminating things that may attract more snakes.
If you’ve noticed some snakes around your house, call a professional service to protect yourself and your family from possible snake attacks. Rid-A-Bug provides a service to relocate wild animals from your home. Our trained professionals can help remove all types of unwanted wildlife in the most humane removal process. Contact us today as quickly as possible for humane removal or wildlife problems.