5 SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE A SNAKE IN YOUR HOME
If you’ve spotted snakes in your yard, you may be worried that they’ve made their way into your home. Over the winter months, in particular, snakes often burrow into crawlspaces and walls to nest and lay their eggs. Even if they’re not a dangerous species, very few people would welcome sharing their home with hibernating reptiles. Here are just five signs which might indicate that you need to invest in some snake repellent and call out the pest control people.
When it’s quiet, you may hear strange sounds coming from the wall or from other confined spaces as the snakes move around. A nest of newly-hatched snakes can actually be quite noisy, so keep an ear out.
You may have seen slither tracks in particularly dusty areas of your yard, indicating there are snakes nearby. If they’re outside, then chances are a few will have made it inside too. If you think they have, you could try a sprinkling of flour on the floor to see if it is disturbed by snake activity.
On average a snake sheds it’s skin around four times per year. Some snakes may shed up to 10 or even 12 times per year. They shed their skins for two main reasons:
- To allow growth. A snakes body grows, but it’s skin does not. Shedding the old, tight layer of skin gives them room to keep growing.
- To rid themselves of parasites. Snakes spend their lives in constant contact with the ground or vegetation. This allows various parasites to cling to them over time. When they shed an old skin, the parasites shed with it.
Snakes regularly shed their skin as they grow, usually in one long sheet. If you’ve found a snake skin near an entry point to the walls or crawlspaces of your home, that’s a telltale sign (like DNA evidence on CSI) that a snake has been there. You’re going to need to take action to get rid of them and seal up entry points to keep snakes away in future.
AN UNUSUAL SMELL
Many snakes have a particular odour to them, and it’s quite distinctive. Not every species of snake has a telltale smell. Those that do are often described as a musky scent. If there is a strange smell which you hadn’t noticed before, it may well be a snake infestation.
Snake droppings often resemble bird faeces. Disgusting as it sounds, you may spot small bones and feathers in the droppings from the prey the snakes have digested. If you spot faeces either inside your home or around entry points, then you’ll need snake repellents and a specialist to remove any potential nests.
We all want to keep snakes away from our family homes. If you suspect you may have some unwelcome house guests, then we have top tips on deterring snakes and can help you solve the problem quickly and effectively.