Florida natives have a saying about snakes, and native wildlife in general: this was their home long before it was ours. Rodents, snakes, and alligators are native to this area and can appear on your property easily. They are typically not looking to harm anyone, rather, they are searching for food, water, and an ideal habitat. Removing these elements from your property can reduce the likelihood of animals living there. Snakes, in particular, can be hard to keep away, but there are some practical tips you can try to reduce the odds of one lingering on your property.
REDUCE THE PRESENCE OF WATER
In the summer sun, reptiles can become extra hot and look for shade and a source of cool water. Any type of water feature, like a fountain, backyard pond or even large puddles or ditches can attract snakes. If your property borders a natural river or lake, be cautious when you walk close to the edge, as this is where snakes are most likely to be.
TAKE CARE OF ANY VERMIN
Another reason snakes may come on your property is to look for a source of food. They like to eat small rodents, like mice and rats. If you have any rodent issues within your home or yard, resolve them as quickly as possible to reduce the possibility of snakes coming to try and have a meal.
MAKE SURE ALL ENTRY POINTS ARE TIGHTLY SEALED
In the same vein, rodents and snakes have to enter the home somehow. If you find a mouse– or worse a snake– in the house, it is likely because an access point to the home is not properly sealed. These animals can squeeze themselves through remarkably small openings, so you may want to have a professional come to secure these points properly.
KEEP YOUR GRASS AND PROPERTY CLEAR
Snakes like to camouflage themselves, so a cluttered property is a perfect home for them. Keeping the exterior of your home clear removes the potential hiding places that snakes love. Anywhere that is cool, dry or dark is a great place for snakes to curl up. Some of the most likely places that snakes may hide along the exterior of your home include:
- Tall grass and overgrown plants or bushes
- Wood piles or pallets
- Compost heaps
- Discarded boxes or barrels
- Stepping stones, large rocks, and pebble gardens
Cut the lawn and trim any bushes or landscaping features regularly to ensure that they stay pristine and snakes do not stay there for a long time.
If a snake enters your home or property and hurts you or a visitor, your homeowner’s insurance company may be able to help.
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