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"SNAKE PROOFING" – THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE

 

INTRODUCTION

I am frequently asked about how to “snake proof” a home. To answer this question, it is important to understand what snakes can do and where I have personally found them when attending emergency snake call outs.

SNAKE MOVEMENT

Snakes can remain stationary for extended periods and otherwise can be on the move for (in extreme cases up to 1.5 kilometres in a day). I have personally seen venomous snakes of Melbourne:

AROUND THE HOME I have found snakes:

  • Climb mortar between bricks on vertical walls

  • Climb on top of roof tops, in gutters and hang from lattices.

  • Crawl into weep holes (gaps left between bricks in external masonry walls that provide ventilation to building materials) and then crawl around internal spaces in the wall.

  • Hide in the gaps between concrete pathways and homes

  • Sit on window sills, underneath front door mats, and climb inside the gap between the front door and the ground.

  • In garages hiding in corners or near tools

  • & Much more.

INSIDE THE HOME, I have found snakes:

  • Underneath refrigerators

  • In the back of dishwashers

  • Underneath master beds in the bedroom

  • Behind desks, TV units & bookshelves

  • Inside kitchen cupboards and the pantry

  • Hiding in children’s toys and toy boxes

  • Hanging from light fittings in the ceiling.

  • And of course sitting on the floor waiting to be found.

  • Much, much more.


 

IN THE GARDEN, I have found snakes:

  • Underneath scrub or hiding in longer grass

  • Hiding underneath or in between rocks.

  • Around and swimming in swimming pools, ponds or water features

  • Inside kids cubby houses or outhouses.

  • In flower beds, veggie patches, raised garden boxes.

  • Inside garden sheds, chicken coups and outdoor bird cages.

  • Climb trees in search of birds

  • Climbing fences to access a yard

  • Inside of motor vehicles, engine bodies, around wheels

  • Much, much more.

HOW DO SNAKES ENTER SOMEONE’S PROPERTY?

 

Snakes can slither over, under and around fences into anywhere in your garden (front, side or rear). Snakes can crawl up your front driveway and temporarily make your home their own for a designated period of time.

 

Similarly snakes can enter your home also. At night I frequently catch snakes inside someone’s home and they can enter through:

  • Underneath the front or back door or through open doors.

  • Open windows or gaps in windows especially where wire mesh has holes or cuts,

  • Doggy doors

  • Holes in walls (around pipes or otherwise)

  • Through Weep Holes where there is also holes in the internal framework.

  • Vents, ducts, gaps, holes in flooring (especially where construction work occurs)

  • Being carried inside laundry or shopping bags or otherwise boots or shoes that are carried inside.

"SNAKE PROOFING"

 

WHAT IS SNAKE PROOFING?

"Snake Proofing" means to protect a home and property from a snake so that it will be impenetrable for snakes to enter or otherwise prevent them from accessing your property.

IS SNAKE PROOFING A HOME EVEN POSSIBLE?

Snake proofing is actually a myth and not possible to be achieved.

You read that line correctly: Snake proofing a home is not possible to be achieved.

 

THERE IS NO GUARANTEED WAY TO SNAKE PROOF A HOME.

 

However there remains products on the market available which exploit home owner’s fear of snakes. These products are sold with different levels of guarantees to prevent snakes from entering your home. These include:

  • Snake “proof” fencing

  • Solar snake repellents.

  • Spraying the house with chemicals from a pest controller

  • Other mechanical, electronic devices which “prevent” snakes.

  • Recipes that grandma made in another country that you spray around the home to prevent snakes because they “hate the smell”

  • Purchasing blue tongue lizards to put in the garden to “get rid of snakes”.

  • Purchasing "special" plants that get rid of snakes.

 

As Australia’s own SNAKE HUNTER, I have caught snakes on properties on many occasion with all the above products present at the premises.

The home/business owner then will ask me why the “snake proof” products did not work or otherwise point them out to me. On one occasion, the home owner advised they called the manufacturer of the snake repellent to ask why a snake still entered their premises. The manufacturer reportedly responded on the phone: “You obviously need to purchase more”. I have been advised that Consumer Affairs and the ACCC have been advised about concerns of misleading and deceptive advertising of “snake proof” products.

Despite this, after removing a snake from a home, I often find owners reluctant to get rid of these “snake repellents” even though it is evident they do not work. I have also attended child care centres, schools and businesses that were showing me the “snake proof” fencing they spent thousands on to protect their guests/children. The business/school head was pointing out the fencing while I was capturing a snake on site – again proving such products do not work.

PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SNAKES

 

As a licensed Snake Catcher, Snake Handler, I perform Snake Control and Snake Removal. 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. For more information about the snakes you are likely to come across in Melbourne, click HERE.

 

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.

  • Try to avoid tree branches reaching roof tops of your home. Snakes are particularly good climbers and can access your roof this way.

 

PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY

 

Keep yourself  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.

  • Call Snake Hunters to safely catch and  handle the snake, then remove the snake and keep you and your family safe. We are licensed to operate as a snake catcher and snake handler.

  • Follow the "Protecting your Home" general guidelines.

  • Be aware and alert in and around your home.

 

THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE

 

The best advice I can give is the following:

While there is nothing you can do to 100% protect your home from snakes, common sense prevails. Implementing the above suggestions helps to reduce risks to yourself and your family. That said, there are a few key suggestions that I believe will benefit significantly:

1. Print the attached PDF File to hang up around your home, business, school or childcare. Click HERE

2. Education and awareness is the most important factor when dealing with snakes. Book in a:

SNAKE HUNTER SNAKE SAFETY AWARENESS INFORMATION SESSION

Invite family, friends, neighbours and extended family to come along as well. To do so call: 0403875409.

3. Contact the SNAKE HUNTER to request a free business card or fridge magnet to put in a visible place so contact details are readily accessible in case you see a snake.

4. Put the SNAKE HUNTER 24/7 Emergency phone number on speed dial: 0403 875 409

5. Contact the SNAKE HUNTER to do an inspection of your premises to provide specific advice on what you can do for your home/business.

6. If you see a snake, call the SNAKE HUNTER on 0403 875 409. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or death.

Disclaimer:

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. For more specific information relating to your individual circumstance,

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Mark Pelley The Snake Hunter is your local Melbourne Snake Catcher. Operating 24/7, there is no need to worry if you see a snake. Simply watch it from a safe distance, remove children and pets away from the area. Call your 24/7 local snake catcher in Melbourne on 0403 875 409.

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As The Snake Hunter is always on patrol ready to answer your call to catch a snake, he often has response times in minutes for catching snakes in Melbourne... especially when on the motorbike! 

 

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SNAKE REMOVAL MELBOURNE

If you see a snake, we'll come to your property to safely and humanely remove the snake.

 

We offer fast 24/7 Snake Removal services. For rapid snake removal in Melbourne, call Mark Pelley The Snake Hunter on 0403875409.

SNAKE RELOCATION MELBOURNE

All snakes caught on your property will be safely and humanely relocated back to the wild away back into their natural environment.

 

For humane and safe snake relocaiton in Melbourne away from your home, business or school, call 0403 875 409.

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Fastest Response Times in Melbourne. Controlling snakes 24/7 for Melbourne. Call Mark Pelley for snake control of any snake that may be on your property.

 

We'll come to your property in Melbourne and protect you from snakes. For snake control in Melbourne, Call Mark Pelley The Snake Hunter on 0403875409.

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PROTECT DOGS FROM SNAKES

Your dog is your best friend. One snake bite can result in their death and a vet bill of around $7000 on average. Each week I attend properties where at least 5 dogs are bitten by snakes during peak snake season. Mark Pelley is trained, well known and published for teaching dogs to effectively avoid snakes. To learn more, click HERE or call 0403 875 409.

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PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SNAKES

In addition to operating as a 24/7 Emergency Snake Catcher in Melbourne, For up to date advice from Mark  Pelley The Snake Hunter on steps you can take to protect your home from snakes, click HERE or call 0403 875 409.

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PROPERTY INSPECTIONS & REPORTS

The Snake Hunter regularly undertakes property inspections and provides written reports about steps that can be taken to help address any issues associated with snakes.

 

These reports are tailor  made for homes, businesses, schools, kindergartens, local government and more. To book in an inspection or to learn more, Click HERE or call 0403 875 409.

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ABOUT MELBOURNE'S SNAKES

Australia has the most venomous snakes in the world. Melbourne has 2 of the top 5 most deadly snakes which are the eastern tiger snake and the eastern brown snake.

 

To Learn about Melbourne's snakes, click HERE or Call 0403875409

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IF BITTEN BY A SNAKE

If you are bitten by a snake. Do NOT panic. Immediately move away from the snake and dial "000".

 

Keep all persons away from the snake and have someone responsible to watch it from a safe distance. 

 

Call Mark Pelley The Snake Hunter to catch the snake on 0403 875 409. Click HERE to learn more.

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SNAKE SAFETY & AWARENESS

Mark Pelley's Snake Safety & Awareness Incursions have been used by emergency services including Police and the fire brigade.

 

Further, he regularly attends businesses, schools, child care centers and family homes to teach snake safety. To learn more click HERE or call 0403 875 409.

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