Protect your Home from Snakes this Season
PROTECT YOUR HOME
Whether rescuing a family of 4 from a tiger snake in their kitchen sink, or otherwise calmly removing a brown snake from the back yard, I'm frequently asked how to prevent snakes from entering into people’s homes or businesses.
In order to be best protected around snakes, it is important to have an awareness about these animals:
While there is a lot of fear and hype, snakes do NOT go out of their way to harm people. In fact the opposite is true, snakes try to avoid people as they are incredibly shy creatures.
Now that that is said, let us talk about ways to protect your home:
It must be noted that there is nothing you can do to 100% guarantee snakes from entering your premises or back yard. Australia is home to snakes just as much as it is to our people. Frequently snakes are travelling through your yards or properties in search of food, shelter, water or protection from the elements.
Snakes can climb walls, fences, fit under and over almost anything and can make their way through the tiniest of gaps. So what can you do about them?
Simple common sense steps include (but are not exclusive to):
Keep all yards tidy and clear from loose ground cover: sheets of metal, hard rubbish etc.
Remove overgrown weeds and creeping vegetation.
Snakes love rock retaining walls especially where there are holes or access to water (such as a pool). Be sure to fill in all gaps with concrete or another hard substance.
Remove overgrown vegetation on fence lines.
Try not to have large gaps between the entrance door and the floor. Snakes can fit under these gaps to enter your home.
It must be noted that Snake Hunters do NOT recommend the use of snake "prevention" devices.
We have attended numerous call outs where snakes have been near or around these items. Don't waste your money on these items which do NOT work!
PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY
Keep you and your family safe around snakes.
Common sense prevails around ensuring that you and your family are safe around snakes. Most importantly, if you see a snake, do NOT touch it or go near it. Be sure to teach your children and family members this very important message.
Though our snakes are shy (generally) by nature, they are the most deadly in the entire world.
I repeat, Australian snakes are the most venomous snakes in the entire world.
As a result, if you see a snake, follow these simple steps:
Don't touch a snake
Don't try to kill a snake (this is also illegal and can land you in serious trouble with the law).
Don't go near a snake.
Do NOT try to scare a snake away
Do NOT try to capture the snake yourself.
Keep children away from snakes
Teach children the above points.
Follow the "Protecting your Home" general guidelines.
Be aware and alert in and around your home.
Snake Hunters assume no responsibility for the information contained herein. This is a general guide on dealing with elapid snakes in and around your homes and property.