Snakes are one of my biggest fears. I couldn't even watch the previews for Snakes On A Plane because it made my skin crawl. Even the knowledge that Samuel L. Jackson could save everyone didn't comfort me.
So the idea of having snakes in my home is a literal nightmare of mine. I remember there was a family who found an infestation of snakes in their house after one slithered up out of the toilet, and it made me want to get my house inspected.
If you don't want to pay for a snake inspector without some proof first, there are a few signs you can look for to see if you're dealing with the slippery suckers.
1. Weird Noises
Have you ever been sitting at home and heard a strange noise? We usually chalk it up to creaky floors or the wind, but it can be an indicator that snakes are in your house.
Snakes usually seek out dark, cramped places, so take note of where you hear the noises coming from. If they are constant and consistently in the same place, you might have a problem.
Cellars, basement bathrooms, and attics are all common hiding places for snakes.
2. Absence of Rodents
This sounds strange, because most people would assume not having mice in the house is a great thing. However, if you're in a house that has had critter issues before, or in an area prone to wildlife, an absence of rodents could be cause for concern.
If you notice that there is a decrease in rodents in your home, without you taking any measures to prevent them, it's likely that you have at least one snake in your house, if not multiple.
3. Moulted Skin
Snake skin is generally a good indicator that you have snakes (of course). But in addition to finding the skin in your house, finding it around your property could also indicate you've got a snake problem.
Keep tabs on how much snake skin you've found, and how often you come across it. Snake inspectors can identify the type of snake you have based on the moulted skin, so be sure to keep it around until you're sure the problem is solved.
4. Eggs or Nests
Snake nests can be pretty subtle, and they prefer to build them in dark places. Check common places, like cellars and attics, for a snake nest if you suspect there might be some in your house.
If you do come across a nest or eggs, do not go near them.
Mother snakes will often lurk near their nest, and if they feel as though you are threatening their babies, they will not hesitate to come after you. This can be especially dangerous if you are dealing with a poisonous snake.
5. Flour Trap
If you want to find out if you have snakes in your house, you can try the flour trick. Simply spread some flour on the floor near your stove, fridge, or any other appliance that gives off heat. The snakes will be attracted to the heat, and you should be able to tell if there are marks in the flour from a snake.
You can increase the desirability of the trap by adding a heat lamp and a bowl of water next to it.
If you do have snakes, it is in your best interest to call in professional help rather than doing something about it yourself.
You can, however, put a snake repeller in your yard to keep them out of the garden and off your property.
Have you ever had snakes in your house?
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