Snakes in Your North Carolina Home

My husband brought a snake to our North Carolina home the other night and took great amusement when he asked if I wanted to see a baby mouse.  I agreed and he proceeded to get a lidded bucket from his truck.  He came over and lifted the lid off and I recoiled in horror.  I then got a little curious and decided to take some pictures of it.

Since my arrival from the UK, this is my third snake I’ve seen in North Carolina; my first was slithering across our road, the second was in our yard under a tree and my third was this last one, pretty up close and personal.  From people I have spoken to, snakes are a feared critter. I know it’s not just me and our technicians are taking calls and removing snakes.   They are a serious problem because of the climate as well as the area we live in.   As a homeowner you may be worried about them being on your property or even getting into your property.  Snakes are considered beneficial due to their diet of eating rodents, frogs, lizards, small birds and other small mammals.

Pictures of Snakes - Corn SnakeSnakes fall into two categories of being non-venomous and venomous and can be identified by the following attributes;

Non venomous snakes

  • Have a round pupil
  • A nostril
  • Divided scales on the underside of their tail

Non venomous snakes common to the area are the rat snake and the corn snake.

Venomous snakes

  • Have a slit or eliptical pupil
  • A pit or opening close to their nostril
  • Their scales are undivided on the underside of their tail

Venomous snakes common to the area include the cottonmouth snake (often called the water moccasin),  rattlesnake and copperhead snake.

Snakes in the house (not snakes on a plane)

What a movie title.  I’ve not seen it but I really laugh to myself every time I hear the title.  Anyway, I digress, if  snakes are getting into the structure or crawlspace, then an assessment should be made of the outside of the structure;

  • Check the foundation for any cracks and seal
  • Ensure crawlspace vents are screened and seal any gaps around basement window frames
  • Check under doors where piping for plumbing and electrical cables run for any gaps and seal

Areas which attract snakes are;

  • Low lying vegetation
  • Lower branches of shrubbery
  • Piles of rock or lumber
  • Mulch
  • Tall grass areas
  • Cluttered basements
  • Sheds, garages and out buildings

Snakes Pictures - Water Moccasin Snake PictureSnake proof your property 

If you have children then snakes can be very worrisome.  If you have ever wondered how to keep snakes out of your yard then there are deterrents.  Most snakes are unable to climb or penetrate fine mesh fences, therefore a snake proof fence can be constructed around the home, building or child’s play area.  Assemble a galvanized 1/4 inch mesh fence 24 -26 inches high.  Ensure that the fence is buried several inches into the soil to make sure the snakes cannot crawl underneath.

Snake deterrant

There are no toxic chemicals presently registered by the EPA for snake control.  Snake repellent products such as Dr T’s Snake-A-Way is available for use outdoors.  However it doesn’t work on all species of snake and the desired result will not be achieved in many situations.

It can be very unnerving to see a snake, especially one in a home.  As mentioned above they are beneficial and an effective rodent control method but if there is a lack of rodents then snakes may be near.  Snakes can be dangerous if provoked so it’s best to avoid them and call a professional to have them removed.  We have technicians who are trained in removing snakes.  If you see a snake or anything that crawls give us a call or click.   We cover Ocracoke, the Outer Banks up to Moyock and across the border to Newport News, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and Williamsburg.