The thought or sight of snakes around your home or business can stir up fear in many people. This response is common worldwide. Throughout history, snakes have been portrayed as aggressive and dangerous creatures whose presence almost always brings a negative connotation. However, for the most part, snakes are simply just misunderstood.
Our wildlife specialists at Pest-End are trained in a variety of snake trapping and deterrent techniques. We can also perform snake exclusion work around your home to prevent future entry by snakes and other wildlife. If you have been seeing snakes around your yard and would like more information on how to keep them away, please contact Pest-End’s wildlife division for a free inspection.
Known Facts About Snakes
New England is home to 14 species of snake. Out of these 14 species, only 2 are venomous—the Northern Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake. Both of these species are very rare and almost never come in contact with people. The most common species of snake that people typically come in contact with are the Eastern Garter Snake, Northern Water Snake, Eastern Black Racer, and Eastern Milk Snake. All of these species are non-venomous.
Snakes do not cause any damage to your home; however, we understand that their presence can be unwanted. Snakes are more likely to live on your property if you have woodpiles, stone walls, dense shrubbery, or a water source nearby. Snakes tend to be attracted to these areas because they provide shelter for their favorite food sources. Occasionally, snakes will find their way into residential basements during the summer months in search of a place to escape the heat.
Like all reptiles, snakes are cold blooded and rely on their surrounding environment to regulate body temperature. Because of this, they are often observed basking in the sun during cooler times of the year. Snakes usually breed in the early spring, with individuals of some species congregating in large numbers, forming what are called “mating balls”. During this period of time, snakes can appear in great numbers around your home.