How Do Snakes Get Inside Homes?

Snakes wander into homes in search of prey and nesting sites or find themselves inside purely by accident. Because snakes cannot chew or dig, they must gain entrance through small holes and cracks. Depending on their size, snakes may even be able to slither under gaps in doors. Once inside, snakes travel throughout houses inside walls, pipes, and around trusses.

What are the typical hiding places for a snake in a house?


Snakes look for a place where they feel protected, which is why it can be difficult to find a snake once one has entered your home. Snakes will hide behind the refrigerator, under the oven, under your bed, or inside cabinets. Snakes will avoid human activity. Some of the most common areas of the house to find a snake include crawl spaces, basements, garages, and attics (can snakes climb?)

If snakes are able to secure consistent access to food, they establish long-term nests. If you find signs of snakes, you likely have a rodent infestation like rats, mice, and chipmunks.

They also flock inside homes when the weather wreaks havoc with their cold-blooded bodies. For example, during periods of extreme heat, the pests seek out leaky water pipes and other cool, damp areas. Additionally, snakes in houses are commonly found in walls, crawl spaces, basements, attics, and drop ceilings.

How Do I Catch or Remove Snakes in My House?

In addition to the threat of their painful and sometimes deadly bites, snakes are capable of transmitting diseases. Therefore, it is essential to eliminate infestations before their numbers become rampant.

Homeowners can seal gaps in building foundations with caulk, store woodpiles off the ground, clear debris out of yards regularly, and erect snake-proof fences to reduce the possibility of attracting snakes inside.

To help keep snakes away from your property, make your yard less appealing for snakes. Snakes love sheltered areas so general landscaping will help. Trim brushes, clear debris, clean up leaf piles, cut tall grass and remove rock piles.

If infestations of snakes in the house already exist, individuals should contact the experts at Critter Control to eradicate populations and inspect for rodent infestations.

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